Journal Article

Dr. Kiyoshi Shiga: Discoverer of the Dysentery Bacillus

Andrew F. Trofa, Hannah Ueno-Olsen, Ruiko Oiwa and Masanosuke Yoshikawa

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 29, issue 5, pages 1303-1306
Published in print November 1999 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 1999 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313437
Dr. Kiyoshi Shiga: Discoverer of the Dysentery Bacillus

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The clinical manifestations of dysentery have been described for centuries, and the prototypic bacterial agent, Shigella dysenteriae, was identified 100 years ago. In the English language there has been remarkably little written about Dr. Kiyoshi Shiga, discoverer of the dysentery bacillus. We submit a brief biography of Dr. Shiga and the circumstances leading to his discovery, which proved the bacterial etiology of nonamebic dysentery.

Journal Article.  2554 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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