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March 23, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(12):1050-1055. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120022005

The observation of liver abscess, single or multiple, in a hospital practice is of itself too frequent to warrant addition to the existing voluminous literature on this subject. Thorough studies of large series have been contributed by many authors, particularly when the infecting organism has been Endamoeba histolytica. staphylococcus, streptococcus, Bacillus coli, Bacillus pyocyaneus and many others. Numerous contributions concerning liver abscess are available in the literature, with the number of reported cases varying from ten to 186 (Ochsner and others,1 Norris and Farley,2 Martin,3 Huard and Meyer,4 Gessner,5 Elsberg6). However, there are few cases on record in which Friedländer's bacillus has been isolated as the cause. Even though it has been recognized that infection with Friedländer's bacillus may involve regions of the body other than the respiratory system (Brouardel,7 Bamforth,8 Sheyer,9 Howard,10 Park, Williams and Krumwiede11 and Alessandri12

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