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July 23, 1898

REPORT OF A CASE OF EPIDEMIC CEREBRO-SPINAL MENINGITIS WITH RECOVERY FOLLOWING LUMBAR PUNCTURE.

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INTERNE IN THE SERVICE OF PROF. GEO. F. BUTLER, COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL. CHICAGO, ILL.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(4):182-183. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450040032001h

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Abstract

In the Journal of the American Medical Association for July 2, Dr. J. B. Herrick reports a case of cerebro-spinal meningitis, in the postmortem of which the diplococcus intracellularis meningitis of Weichselbaum was demonstrated in the meningeal exudate. From this fact and from the large number of cases of meningitis observed in Chicago during the last months, the Doctor concludes that we have to deal with a mild epidemic, although the micro-organism had never been demonstrated before, probably because a bacteriologic examination has been made in but very few cases.

The following case further proves the existence of genuine epidemic meningitis in Chicago at the present time:

The patient, a Russian laborer, 45 years old, previously in good health, was admitted to treatment under Prof. Geo. F. Butler in the Cook County Hospital, June 17, 1898. Five-days before admission he had been suddenly taken with vomiing and diarrhea, followed by

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