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November 1919


Author Affiliations

Lieutenant, M. C., U. S. Army CAMP LEE, VA.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1919;24(5):514-519. doi:10.1001/archinte.1919.00090280045005

The epidemics of meningococcus meningitis occurring in a number of the army camps have afforded an unusual opportunity for the study of the disease. There have been numerous reports in the literature for the past year emphasizing various phases of the infection.

The disease had previously been studied so thoroughly and carefully by Flexner and his associates at the Rockefeller Institute that the experiences of most observers during the army epidemics have only confirmed previous findings. It seems that the one outstanding contribution to the study of the disease during the past two years is the conception of the infection as primarily a generalized one with a secondary localization in the meninges. For this view we are indebted largely to the work of Herrick1 and his associates at Camp Jackson where many cases of meningitis have been studied. Workers at other camps have not been unanimous in accepting this view,

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