DONALD B. LOURIA, M.D., F.A.C.P.; TERRY HENSLE, B.S.; DONALD ARMSTRONG, M.D.; HARVEY S. COLLINS, M.D.; ANNE BLEVINS, R.N.; DAVID KRUGMAN, M.D.; MARGA BUSE, A.B.
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Listeria monocytogenes is a gram-positive rod, approximately 0.5 μ wide and 1 to 3 μ long, which grows well on most standard culture media. Isolated from an animal epizootic in 1924, it gained its name because of its ability to incite a striking monocytosis in rabbits (1). The organism has been implicated in a variety of human diseases including meningitis, encephalitis, bacteremia, subacute endocarditis, recurrent abortion, and neonatal granulomatosis (2-5).
This report  reviews the available English literature on listerial infections in children and adults,  reports 18 cases of listerial infection arising in patients with malignancy at the Memorial
LOURIA DB, HENSLE T, ARMSTRONG D, et al. Listeriosis Complicating Malignant Disease: A New Association. Ann Intern Med. 1967;67:261–281. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-2-261
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(2):261-281.
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