Lorry Rubin, MD

Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Professor, Pediatrics
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Recent Posts By: Lorry Rubin, MD

Mary from Little House Didn’t Get Scarlet Fever

In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s semi-autobiographical Little House book series, her sister Mary became ill with fever and severe headache. “Far worst of all, (scarlet) fever had settled in Mary’s eyes, and Mary was blind,” the author wrote. Yet it was viral meningoencephalitis (a viral brain infection) that caused Mary’s illness and subsequent blindness—not scarlet fever, according… Read more »