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January 10, 1920

A CASE OF CEREBROSPINAL MENINGITIS DUE TO A DIPHTHEROID BACILLUS

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases and the Presbyterian Hospital.

JAMA. 1920;74(2):84. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620020016009
Abstract

While the part played by pseudodiphtheria bacilli in pathologic processes has been much discussed, they have not been recognized as the cause of meningitis, and those found in the nose are usually considered unimportant. Cases such as the one reported here are doubtless rare; but they are important in their bearing on the pathogenic possibilities of pseudodiphtheria bacilli.

REPORT OF CASE  A white man, aged 49, admitted to the service of Dr. James B. Herrick, June 20, 1919, with a family and personal history which gave no information bearing on this illness, two weeks before admission had fallen in the bathroom as the result of a shock received from a defective electric fixture. Three days after the fall he began to complain of headache and "seemed feverish." After ten days of persistent headache, he was brought to the hospital.He was a well developed, well nourished man. The mouth temperature

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