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October 28, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(18):1641-1642. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800430004008b

Septicemia resulting from Bacillus mucosus capsulatus (Friedländer's bacillus) is rare. It is in the French literature that one finds the most frequent reports. Colombe1 in 1917 collected sixty cases from the world's literature, of which twenty-five were diagnosed during life by a positive blood culture. Caussade, Joltrain and Surmont2 collected fifteen new cases which occurred from 1917 to 1924 and reported their own case. Since then a case has been reported by Creyx3 and another by Lereboullet and Pierrot4 in which recovery occurred. In 1924 Lereboullet and Denoyelle5 reported two cases in children who recovered. In 1928 Mason and Beattie6 reported their own fatal case, in which the portal of entry of the organism was not determined. They reviewed the literature and made mention of the fact that the "occurrence of septicemia from infection with Bacillus mucosus capsulatus is not generally recognized in Canada."