History and Geography

This disease was described first by a Russian pediatrician, Nil F. Filatov, in 1885, as idiopathic adenitis. Four years later, a German physician, Emil Pfeiffer, also described a disease that was epidemic in children and characterized by glandular enlargement. He gave it the name Driisenfieber (glandular fever). In 1896, J. P. West wrote of a similar epidemic in the United States, but it was only in 1920 that Thomas Sprunt, of Baltimore, gave it the name infectious mononucleosis. H. Downey and C. A. McKinly described the characteristic mononuclear leucocytes in 1923. The Epstein - Barr virus was identified by W. Henle and associates in 1968.

R. H. Kampmeier

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