Medicine: Meningitis and War

Meningococcic meningitis is on the upswing again. So far this year nearly 3,000 cases have appeared in the U.S., compared to 2,072 in 1941, 1,631 in 1940. Last week Colonel William B. Borden and Captain Paul S. Strong of the Army Medical Corps reported that "sporadic cases have now begun to appear in the Army camps in this country; and, in a few of the larger cities, the number of cases . . . approaches epidemic proportions."

This bacterial disease, characterized by inflammation of the membranes enclosing the spinal cord and brain, flares up at irregular intervals, especially during wars. British cases...

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