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Revista chilena de pediatría

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DONOSO F., Alejandro  y  ARRIAGADA S., Daniela. About the Chilean meningococcal epidemic (1941-1942): The children with septic shock 80 years ago from a medical and social perspective. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2020, vol.91, n.3, pp.440-448. ISSN 0370-4106.

In our country, meningococcal disease has a low endemic and high lethality, with epidemic out breaks; some of them of historical character, like the one happened during the first half of the last century. The action of a group of doctors, pioneers in clinical, research and teaching aspects, together with the health personnel that constituted their team, immersed in a successful public health policy, allowed to consolidate the necessary care of the sick child of this serious pathology, as well as many others, thus enabling the development of a structured and scientific proposal, in the light of the knowledge available at that time. Therefore, after 80 years, it is important to review the various clini cal, pathophysiological and therapeutic aspects, in addition to the hospital and social context, of this successful history of the Chilean public health system.

Palabras clave : Meningococcal disease; septic shock; pediatricians; pediatric history; epidemic.

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