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June 14, 1965

Seldom-Encountered Agents of Bacterial Meningitis

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pathology (Drs. Graber and Davis) and medicine (Dr. Higgins), Baylor University College of Medicine, Houston.

JAMA. 1965;192(11):956-960. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080240026005

In five cases of bacterial meningitis (one associated with a brain abscess) four seldom-encountered bacteria were identified as causative agents: Mima polymorpha, Listeria monocytogenes, Corynebacterium acnes, and Serratia marcescens. Circumspection is required of the bacteriologist and physician concerning "contaminants" introduced nosocomially or iatrogenically. Various methods for culture of certain recalcitrant "problem bacteria" are suggested.