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May 7, 1932

Epidemic Encephalitis: Etiology, Epidemiology, Treatment. Second Report by the Matheson Commission.

JAMA. 1932;98(19):1682-1683. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730450076041

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The Matheson Commission consists of eight men with William Darrach as chairman and Hubert S. Howe as secretary. Josephine B. Neal of the New York City Health Department is executive secretary and Helen Harrington is epidemiologist. The first and larger report, which appeared in 1929, contained a review of the literature and a complete bibliography up to the third quarter of 1928. The present volume brings the literature up to the end of 1929. The subject matter is presented in four chapters, on etiology, other types of encephalitis including postvaccinal encephalitis, treatment, and epidemiology. The ideally arranged bibliography and author and subject indexes occupy eighty-seven pages. This carefully compiled book with its excellent summaries by the editors will be found extremely convenient to all students of encephalitis.