MENINGITIS caused by Proteus vulgaris (Bacillus proteus) is rarely reported, but those few cases found in the literature have a striking resemblance. Our patient, who was treated at the Louisville General Hospital during December 1946 and January 1947, is being reported on with the purpose of reviewing the literature, as well as discussing the value of the newer antibiotic substances. The last case, reported by Myers1 in 1944, was the tenth up to that time.
Kernan,2 in 1922, reported on 2 patients with P. vulgaris meningitis with thrombosis of the lateral sinus, jugular vein and cavernous sinus following chronic otitis media and peritonsillar abscess. Both patients died.
McGovern,3 in 1936, reported on 2 patients with the complication of lateral sinus thrombosis following chronic otitis media. These patients also died.
Gerzog4 reviewed the literature up to 1939 when he reported on his patient, who was treated with