The Monilias of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract in Relationship to Sprue

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  • Laboratory of Bacteriology and Preventive Medicine, Medical Department, University of Texas, Galveston, Texas

Contents I. Introduction 165

II. New cases of sprue reported 165

III. Control cases studied 167

IV. Ashford's description of Monilia psilosis 168

V. Technique 170

VI. Organism isolated from cases of sprue and controls 171

VII. Feeding experiments 176

VIII. Relationship of organism isolated to cases and controls 178

IX. Conclusions 179

I In a previous communication (1), one of us (Boyd, 1920) called attention to the existence in Texas of indigenous cases of a disease considered to be sprue, and reported the isolation of Ashford's monilia from them. The potential importance of this disease demanded that the scope of these observations be extended. During the past two years there has been conducted in this laboratory a study of the monilias of the gastrontestinal tract in relationship to sprue, the results of which are presented in this paper.

II Since the previous communication there have come to our attention three additional cases presenting the symptomatology of sprue.