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March 1936

MENINGITIS DUE TO TYPE I PNEUMOCOCCUSREPORT OF A CASE WITH RECOVERY DUE TO SERUM THERAPY

Author Affiliations

MONTGOMERY, ALA.

From St. Margaret's Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1936;57(3):514-520. doi:10.1001/archinte.1936.00170070039003
Abstract

Until recent years, recovery from pneumococcic meningitis was such a rare and exceptional event that the disease was generally regarded as fatal. Kolmer,1 Schottmüller2 and Jochman3 reported a mortality of 100 per cent, while Lubarsch4 and Frankel5 estimated the mortality as 99 per cent and 98 per cent, respectively. The first report of recovery was made by Jemma6 in 1896. By 1911, only seven cases with recovery had been reported.7 In 1923, Hallé8 reported one recovery following the use of antipneumococcus serum plus fixation abscess, and in the same year Netter and Césari9 reported a recovery due to the same treatment. In their report, for the first time, the type of pneumococcus was given. In 1928, Harkavy10 and Globus and Kasanin11 reported single cases and made a partial survey of the literature, describing seven cases in addition to their own.12 One of the patients recovered spontaneously;

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