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November 11, 1922

ISOLATION OF MONILIA PSILOSIS IN TROPICAL SPRUE (PSILOSIS): REPORT OF CASE THAT ORIGINATED IN KOREA

Author Affiliations

CHARLOTTE, N. C.

JAMA. 1922;79(20):1677-1678. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640200027009
Abstract

In 1916, Ashford1 reported finding a monilia in cases of sprue in Porto Rico, distinct from Monilia albicans, which Bahr and others had previously reported as occurring in sprue. Ashford called this organism Monilia psilosis (Ashford). He considered it the specific cause of sprue when it colonizes in an intestinal tract rendered favorable to it by a glandular insufficiency caused by climatic or other influences and resulting in a lessened outpouring of the digestive juices, with increased bacterial activity producing an increased acidity of the intestinal tract, and so producing conditions favoring the growth of Monilia psilosis.2

Other articles by him have since appeared from time to time, giving the results of his further investigations on the etiology and treatment of sprue, dealing with the methods of isolating Monilia psilosis, its almost universal presence in sprue at some stage of the disease, and also giving the results of

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