V. E. JENKINS, M.D.; J. C. POSTLEWAITE, M.D.
Since Wernicke's original description in 1892 of the disease coccidioidomycosis,1a, 1b knowledge of its natural history has been greatly expanded. A complete review of this information is beyond the scope of this report; however, certain important facts may be summarized as follows:
It was not until 1937 that Gifford and Dixon2, 3, 4 established the relationship of the benign disease known as "valley fever" or "desert rheumatism" to the serious infection known as coccidioidal granuloma. Both were caused by the organism Coccidioides immitis. The endemic areas of infection in the United States5 were well recognized prior to 1941.
JENKINS VE, POSTLEWAITE JC. COCCIDIOIDAL MENINGITIS: REPORT OF FOUR CASES WITH NECROPSY FINDINGS IN THREE CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;35:1068–1084. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-35-5-1068
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;35(5):1068-1084.
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