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Continual Raving: A History of Meningitis and the People Who Conquered It

Janet R. Gilsdorf


This book explores the lives and work of scientists who unraveled the mysteries of meningitis and describes the steps (and sometimes missteps) they used to accomplish their splendid achievements. Although symptoms of meningitis were recorded as early as the time of Hippocrates, its origin remained obscure. Then, in 1892, one of the bacteria that cause meningitis in children, Haemophilus influenzae, was discovered when Richard Pfeiffer saw it in material coughed up by a patient with influenza. Pfeiffer mistakenly thought the bacteria caused influenza, and it has carried that unfortunate, errone ... More

Keywords: meningitis, Haemophilus influenzae, scientific discovery, bacterial meningitis, infectious diseases

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190677312
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190677312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet R. Gilsdorf, author
Robert P. Kelch Research Professor Emerita, University of Michigan