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February 1925


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Medicine, University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College; Chief of Meningitis Division, Research Laboratory Department of Health, City of New York NEW YORK

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;13(2):174-190. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200080021003

The classification of pathogenic yeasts has been the subject of much discussion among bacteriologists. As a result, the nomenclature has been greatly confused. In recent years, it has been shown that one of these forms, Torula, has a special predilection for the central nervous system and the lungs. The outstanding study of this organism and its rôle in producing infection has been made by Stoddard and Cutler.1

Earlier work was done by Türck2 and von Hansemann3 in Germany, and valuable contributions have also been made by Brewer and Wood,4 Pierson,5 Rusk,6 Evans,7 Freeman and Weidman,8 Sheppe9 and Bettin,10 in this country. These workers have reported thirteen cases that may be considered due to the torula, although the cultural characteristics have not always been entirely identical. Sheppe, in a personal communication, reports another case of meningeal involvement.

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