Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 November 2019

264 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190677312

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Continual Raving

A History of Meningitis and the People Who Conquered It

Janet R. Gilsdorf

  • Tells the gripping, human story of how meningitis was defeated by a series of sequential, serendipitous discoveries by multiple scientists in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • The first book-length work to tell the story of meningitis and its cure
  • Examines questions of whether Helen Keller's tragic illness was in fact caused by undiagnosed meningitis
  • Highly relevant to contemporary discussions around antibiotic resistance, vaccines, the intrinsic challenges facing female scientists, and how incremental scientific progress can quickly yield seismic improvements in human health

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