Rockefeller Institute. Meningitis Records

Mss.Ms.Coll.34

Date: 1907-1913 | Size: 8 Linear feet

Abstract

In 1892, the physician and medical administrator Simon Flexner began research on cerebrospinal meningitis, a meningococcal disease with an untreated mortality rate between 70 and 90%. Experimenting on monkeys, Flexner developed a promising serum treatment for the disease by 1903, which he used extensively during the epidemic outbreaks of meningitis in New York City in 1904-1905 and 1907. For several years, Flexner kept his serum under his close supervision, with the result that the Rockefeller Institute became the primary source for knowledge about meningitis and its treatment.

The 8 linear feet of Records amassed at the Rockefeller Institute between 1907 and 1913 document Simon Flexner's deployment of his serum treatment for cerebrospinal meningitis and his on-going interest in the epidemiology, etiology, and treatment of the disease. The collection consists largely of patient records, with data on hospitals and physicians to whom Flexner has dispensed his serum.

Background note

In 1892, the physician and medical administrator Simon Flexner began research on cerebrospinal meningitis, a meningococcal disease with an untreated mortality rate between 70 and 90%. Experimenting on monkeys, Flexner developed a promising serum treatment for the disease by 1903, which he used extensively during the epidemic outbreaks of meningitis in New York City in 1904-1905 and 1907. For several years, Flexner kept his serum under his close supervision, with the result that the Rockefeller Institute became the primary source for knowledge about meningitis and its treatment.

Scope and content

The 8 linear feet of Records amassed at the Rockefeller Institute between 1907 and 1913 document Simon Flexner's deployment of his serum treatment for cerebrospinal meningitis and his on-going interest in the epidemiology, etiology, and treatment of the disease. The collection consists largely of patient records, with data on hospitals and physicians to whom Flexner has dispensed his serum.

Collection Information

Restrictions

Restrictions on Use:

Patients' names may not be published.

Provenance

Gift of the Rockefeller Institute, 1964.

Preferred citation

Cite as: Rockefeller Institute Meningitis Records, American Philosophical Society.

Processing information

Recatalogued by rsc, 2003.

Related material

The Simon Flexner Papers contains a quantity of additional information on meningitis, usually listed under the names of individual physicians and scientists interested in polio research.

The Library also houses a collection of epidemiological and other records accumulated by the Rockefeller Institute during the poliomyelitis epidemic of 1916 (Ms. Coll. 33).

Bibliography

Flexner, Simon and James W. Jobling, "An analysis of four hundred cases of epidemic meningitis treated with the anti-meningitis serum," Journal of Experimental Medicine 10, 5 (1908): 690-733.

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Medical records

Personal Name(s)

  • Flexner, Simon, 1863-1946

Subject(s)

  • Epidemics
  • Epidemiology
  • Meningitis
  • Serum


Detailed Inventory

Rockefeller Institute Meningitis Records
1907-19138 lin. feet
Serum listing
1907-19100.5 lin. feetbox 1
Serum listing
1907-19100.5 lin. feetbox 1
Serum testing: a. Analysis of 1,300 case; b. tabulation of cases; c. Old meningitis reports
ca.19080.5 lin. feetbox 2
Serum testing
1907-19100.5 lin. feetbox 3
Serum testing
1907-19110.5 lin. feetbox 4
Serum testing
1907-19110.5 lin. feetbox 5
Serum testing
1907-19110.5 lin. feetbox 6
Serum testing
1908-19110.5 lin. feetbox 7
Serum testing
1908-19110.5 lin. feetbox 8
Serum testing
1908-19100.5 lin. feetbox 9
Serum testing
1907-19090.5 lin. feetbox 10
Serum testing
1907-19130.5 lin. feetbox 11
Serum testing; history and miscellaneous
1909-19110.5 lin. feetbox 12
Card file index of hospitals and doctors supplied with serum
ca.1907-19130.5 lin. feetbox 13
Card file
ca.1907-19100.5 lin. feetbox 14
Card file
ca.1907-19100.5 lin. feetbox 15
Card file
ca.1907-19100.5 lin. feetbox 16