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April 22, 1905

Cerebrospinal Meningitis in Animals and in Man.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(16):1297. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500430061019

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Humboldt, Tenn., April 8, 1905.

To the Editor:  —I have just read Dr. Albert's letter in The Journal, April 8, p. 1132, on the identity of meningitis in animals and man. This is an interesting and important subject, especially as the question of contagion is beginning to receive the attention it should have had long ago. I am not familar with the disease in the cow, but I have seen a few cases in man and in horses and have long been impressed with the idea that the disease is the same in both. The disease in the horse is known in this locality as "blind staggers" and there is a popular impression that the horse contracts the disease from eating the "chaff" of old corn, and as it is undoubtedly more common about the time the farmers are cleaning out the corn-cribs preparatory to housing the new crop, it

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