"Lumbar puncture has become nearly routine in the evaluation of the child who has just experienced his first febrile convulsion."1 This rather categoric statement may apply to patients seen in a teaching hospital or in an outpatient department of a university clinic. It would be interesting to take a poll from private pediatricians. I strongly believe that even the most arduous of the private pediatricians are far from doing spinal taps in their offices. It would, therefore, mean that every child appearing in a private pediatricians' office with a febrile convulsion would have to be transferred to a hospital.

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