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Influenza Encyclopedia

ï~~ k Reviews f suspee, less opportunity for BUFFALO MEDICAL JOURNAL -. Joseph Marie Yearly Volume 74 DECEMBER, 1918 Number 5 Co., Philadelphia. ORIGINAL ARTICLES ections of phrases ures, etc. It is As To Influenza. lish words. At e arrangement GEORGE F. COTT, M. D., ary but itis them Wvould Prof. Oto-Laryngology, University of Buffalo. t would not 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 was meningitis. 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

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