Pierre Mollaret

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Pierre Mollaret
Born 10 July 1898
Died 3 December 1987
Nationality France
Fields neurology
Known for infectious diseases

Pierre Mollaret (10 July 1898 – 3 December 1987) was a neurologist who made significant scientific contributions to the study of infectious diseases and neurology. He was born in Auxerre, France and died in Paris. A rare disease characterized by recurrent episodes of aseptic meningitis was discovered by Mollaret, and subsequently named after him - called Mollaret's meningitis, this disease is typically caused by herpes simplex virus infection of the brain.[1][2]

He is also credited with the characterization of a neural pathway known as the Guillain-Mollaret triangle or Myoclonic triangle,[3] and the discovery of the causative agent of cat-scratch disease.[4]


  1. ^ Sarikcioglu L, Sindel M (2007). "Pierre Mollaret (1898–1987) and his legacy to science". J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 78 (10): 1135. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2007.119669. PMC 2117547Freely accessible. PMID 17878191. 
  2. ^ Sendi P, Graber P (2006). "Mollaret's meningitis". CMAJ. 174 (12): 1710. doi:10.1503/cmaj.051688. PMC 1471823Freely accessible. PMID 16754896. 
  3. ^ "Guillain-Mollaret triangle (www.whonamedit.com)". Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  4. ^ Arlet G, Perol-Vauchez Y (1991). "The current status of cat-scratch disease: an update". Comp. Immunol. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. 14 (3): 223–8. doi:10.1016/0147-9571(91)90002-U. PMID 1959317.