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September 1917

A STUDY OF POLIOMYELITIS: REPORT OF THE WORK OF THE MENINGITIS DIVISION OF THE RESEARCH LABORATORY IN THE 1916 EPIDEMIC

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Department of Research, Bureau of Laboratories, Department of Health.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1917;XX(3):341-391. doi:10.1001/archinte.1917.00090030026003
Abstract

Since the work of the meningitis division was somewhat varied during the epidemic of poliomyelitis, it is convenient to describe it under three heads: Clinical Work and Laboratory Work, Pathologic Studies and Research Work.

The meningitis division was established by Dr. Park in 1910, as a division of the Department of Preventive Medicine, to afford to the physicians of New York City expert assistance in the diagnosis and treatment of meningitis. In connection with this work, a great variety of meningeal conditions have been studied. Among these were about seventy cases of poliomyelitis before the epidemic, most of them being either nonparalytic, or at least seen before the paralysis had developed. This had given us very good training in the correlation of the clinical picture and the spinal fluid findings necessary for the differential diagnosis of nonparalytic cases of poliomyelitis.

Early in June, 1916, it was noted that several cases

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