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June 23, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460250050017

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The relationship existing between infectious diseases and those of the nervous system is a very interesting problem, and has long been an object of close scrutiny. Although it is well known that infectious diseases have figured largely in the production of many nervous affections, such as the cerebral and spinal palsies of children, it is not so well understood that the influence of infectious processes on a previous existing mental or nervous disease has also been carefully considered by able investigators. Moreover, the subject is as old as medicine. In a painstaking review of the subject, Toulouse and Marchand2 state that Hippocrates knew that intermittent fever could suspend epileptic attacks for a time, and many analogous facts have been known from the time of Portal. Seglas and Pelliasier recently wrote a thesis on the subject. Féré, the noted French epileptologist, has shown that even a boil or abscess, while

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