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October 30, 1909

THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE SERUM THERAPY OF EPIDEMIC CEREBRO-SPINAL MENINGITIS

JAMA. 1909;LIII(18):1443-1445. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550180001001
Abstract

My intention is to present a very brief statement of the status of the serum treatment of epidemic meningitis. It is now about three years since the serum was first used therapeutically in this country. Gradually its employment has extended until now it is being used in Great Britain, France and Germany, as well as in the United States and Canada. Indeed, the Rockefeller Institute has sent supplies to India and to Jerusalem, but, as no reports have been received from these distant places, they will not be further considered at present.

At the time of the first employment of the serum in this country the epidemic of meningitis had already receded in the East, and, although the disease spread westward even beyond the Rocky Mountains and was often very severe and fatal, yet the number of cases arising or being recognized in any one community was

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