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November 17, 1917

Poliomyelitis in All Its Aspects.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(20):1730. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590470070028

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The great epidemic of poliomyelitis of 1916 in New York and in the East generally has been productive of several books concerning this disease. This book contains an excellent historical review of the subject, illustrated with reproductions from some of the first monographs on the subject. The section on pathology follows the usual lines. Especial interest attaches to the discussion of the nature of the virus, a question now the subject of rather interesting argument. The authors consider literature up to July, 1917, and finally conclude that it is reasonably safe to state that the streptococci and diplococci found by various investigators are not the causal agents of the disease. The discussion of epidemiology and classification of the various types is excellent. The chapter on paralysis is illustrated with photographs of the different types of paralysis. A chapter is devoted, very properly, to the technic of lumbar puncture, a much

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