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April 1, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(13):1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500400042008

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Dr. Councilman's paper in this issue is a timely one on account of the present epidemic aggravation of cerebrospinal meningitis in portions of the Atlantic seaboard states. The principal features of the disease were editorially noticed in The Journal March 18, but Councilman's paper brings out more prominently certain specially significant points bearing on the present epidemic. It is evident that it is not exactly of recent origin; on the contrary, there has been a notable frequency of the disease and a heightened mortality from this cause in New York and southern New England for a year or more past. The present mortality, however, of 70 or 80 a week in New York City, as reported in the press dispatches, is a formidable one and indicates a very serious prevalence or virulence of the infection. The opportunity is specially favorable for investigating certain questions relating to the disorder and, considering

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