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December 1949

Traitement moderne des méningites purulentes aigues.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;78(6):959-960. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030050978017

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The authors divided this book into two parts. In the first chapter there is a historical review of meningitis, including the progress made in treatment from the time antimeningococcus serum was developed in 1906, up to the present. The remainder of part I is devoted to the treatment of the commoner forms of bacterial meningitis with the exception of the tuberculous form. As might be expected, particular attention is given to the meningococcus, although the pneumococcus is classed as a close contender in importance. Then follow, in order, chapters on the streptococcus, staphylococcus and Pfeiffer's bacillus (Hemophilus influenzae). The last two chapters in part I apply to rare forms of purulent meningitis.

Part II concerns various phases of treatment, including choice of remedies, dosages and methods of administration. Intrathecal therapy is classed as a necessity when penicillin or streptomycin is indicated. Notwithstanding the latter opinion, ill effects and serious accidents

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