In 1919, Kennedy1 described four cases which, while presenting all the signs of polyneuritis, showed certain other changes that could not be completely explained on that basis alone. He employed the term infective neuronitis as being more descriptive of the clinical and pathologic picture. A short time previous to Kennedy's paper, Bradford2 reported a similar group of thirty cases occurring in soldiers. The series included the four cases reported by Kennedy and was described under the heading of infective neuritis. All these cases had a rather acute onset, with fever, headache, sore throat, vomiting and pains in the back and limbs. The headache was usually pronounced and entirely out of proportion to the fever, which subsided after a day or two. A quiescent period of from three days to six weeks then followed, during which the patients were completely free from symptoms. After this quiescent period, all the
JACOBI HG. INFECTIVE NEURONITIS: REPORT OF A CASE WITH AUTOPSY OBSERVATIONS. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;48(5_I):764–768. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00150050045003
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