Pierre Mollaret

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

Pierre Mollaret
Born10 July 1898
Auxerre, France
Died3 December 1987
Paris, France
Known forinfectious diseases
Scientific career


  1. ^ Sarikcioglu L, Sindel M (2007). "Pierre Mollaret (1898–1987) and his legacy to science". J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatry. 78 (10): 1135. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2007.119669. PMC 2117547. PMID 17878191.
  2. ^ Sendi P, Graber P (2006). "Mollaret's meningitis". CMAJ. 174 (12): 1710. doi:10.1503/cmaj.051688. PMC 1471823. 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.