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May 1947

Human Torulosis: A Clinical, Pathological and Microbiological Study, with a Report of Thirteen Cases.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;57(5):659. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300280153011

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Torular infection is more prevalent in Australia than elsewhere, although cases have been reported from many parts of the world. The present monograph adds a number of new cases and brings the literature up to date, with 134 references. The work is a scholarly contribution, with all the facets of the disease presented for consideration. Torula can infect any part of the body. Pulmonary lesions are particularly stressed, with their resemblance to tuberculosis or tumor in the roentgenogram, and the authors state that their emphasis on the extracerebral lesions has been not because of the importance of these lesions but because of the desire on their part to fill out the gaps in knowledge of the disease.

The usual pitfalls are described—how torulas in the spinal fluid are mistaken for red blood cells, how the concurrence of pulmonary lesions and meningitis leads to the mistaken diagnosis of tuberculosis, how cultures

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