The Avium-Battey Complex

  • John S. Chapman
Part of the Topics in Infectious Disease book series (CTID)


In 1967313 and again in 1971,314 Runyon stated succinctly the problem that mycobacteriologists have almost unanimously recognized: “M. intracellulare and M. avium so much intergrade that reference is better made to the avium complex.” In spite of this statement, it is generally accepted that M. intracellulare is a species, and it is so described. However, it is a species with a very broad range of characters. At one end of the range resemblance to M. avium is striking, at the other it seems to merge with organisms of the soil that possess no pathogenicity.


Tendon Sheath Miliary Tuberculosis Atypical Mycobacterium Retrograde Pyelography Avian Strain 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Chapman
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  1. 1.University of Texas Southwestern Medical SchoolDallasUSA

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