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June 1942

Cerebrospinal Fever.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;69(6):1128. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200180199014

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This little book from England, of some one hundred and fifty pages of text, should at the present time be of considerable importance for two reasons. In the first place, meningitis is an ever present disease which might, if the experiences of the last war are repeated, increase to large proportions in cantonments. The second reason is that the book contains a full description of the modern treatment of the disease, particularly with chemotherapeutic agents in the last two years. The reduction in the mortality of meningitis as a result of the use of sulfanilamide and its derivatives has been so remarkable that every physician should be thoroughly acquainted with methods of treatment which have already proved of such value.

Brinton discusses fully the usual features that one would expect in a systematic outline of the disease. Epidemiology, etiology, pathology, course, diagnosis and so on compose roughly about half the

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