This book is principally descriptive of present day methods usually employed in the therapy of meningitis. The authors review many of the reports published in America and elsewhere and cite their own experiences and opinions. The volume is divided into two parts. In the first, the opening chapter presents a history of the treatment of meningitis from early times until now. The remainder of part I is devoted chiefly to the commoner kinds of meningitis but includes also a number of rare forms.
Part II relates to the newer drugs, discussing their value, suitability, dosage, toxicity and other factors.
The authors do not place a high degree of confidence in penicillin for the treatment of meningococcic meningitis. However, they advise its use as an adjuvant for sulfonamide therapy, and when prescribed they believe that penicillin must be given intrathecally. A similar view is expressed regarding intraspinal therapy when streptomycin is