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glish. While The present epidemic of Spanish Influenza recalls the great
it abould pandemic about 1889 followed by several minor ones since,
ne after during which the civilized world was swept quite thoroughly.
Millions of cases occurred like magic in our own country.
The disease ostensively had its origin in Russia and spread
from ocean to ocean in a very short time. At that time the
influenza bacillus was found to have been the source of the
infection. Thousands of lives were sacrificed while most of
the vast army of the afflicted recovered. But did they re cover? Many undoubtedly did, but the greater number never
regained normality. All those who apparently recovered
would pass muster by the average physician, however, when
closely examined it was found that the accessory cavities of
the nose were still in a receptive mood; most of them, during
certain seasons of the year, were subject to repeated "colds."
That great epidemic produced its fatal effect by way of
pneumonia as does this present one, and the second result
The present epidemic may or may not be due to the bacillus
influenza. In one camp the bacillus is found. In another
camp the microccus catarrhalis is the predominating germ,
among others the pneumococcus is found. Whatever the
cause the fatalities have been numerous. Some doctors find
fatal issue only by way of pneumonia; others, toxemia, again
others, both conditions prevail.
The infection makes its entry through the nose and mouth,
that is commonly accepted, but it is not always that nasal
symptoms are present. At first more often there is sore
throat, however, great prostration is present in severe cases,
leaving its effect long after apparent convalescence. In 1895
there were many cases of meningitis, always fatal, few of
which have appeared at the present time. Neuritis of the