Epidemiology of Aspergillosis

  • H. P. R. Seeliger
  • K. Tintelnot


Although at a later stage of his own scientific concept of “cellular pathology” Virchow (1856) found it sometimes difficult to accept microorganisms of bacterial nature as the main cause of certain infectious diseases, he nevertheless described in the last year of his academic position as Professor of Pathology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Würzburg human aspergillosis in a beautifully illustrated paper as a mycotic airborne infection of the lungs. He recognized the secondary character of the disease on the basis of pre-existing cavities and suggested to call this infection (and others) due to fungi as “mycosis” and specify it with the generic name of the causative agent.


Invasive Aspergillosis Aspergillus Fumigatus Chronic Granulomatous Disease Renal Transplant Patient Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. P. R. Seeliger
    • 1
  • K. Tintelnot
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Hygiene und MikrobiologieUniversität WürzburgWürzburgGermany

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