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THE TREATMENT OF ENCEPHALITIS IN THE ST. LOUIS EPIDEMIC OF 1933

JOHN W. ESCHENBRENNER, M.D.
JAMA. 1934;103(11):826-827. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750370030008.
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Herein is presented the treatment and care developed during the observation of 348 cases of epidemic encephalitis at the St. Louis City Isolation Hospital last summer. This group of cases of epidemic encephalitis descended on us with surprising rapidity. We were at a loss to supply any specific treatment because our knowledge of the treatment of this type of epidemic encephalitis was limited. It was thus necessary to resort to symptomatic treatment based on clinical experience with similar conditions. The toxic encephalitis that follows the contagious diseases and acute infections was the most similar condition. In presenting the treatment of encephalitis, I wish to call to mind that many of these patients, adults and children, had very mild symptoms, the course of the disease was very short, there were almost no complications in these mild cases, and therefore very little therapy was required. The most of the following deals with

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