June 19, 1954

Surgical Infections: Prophylaxis—Treatment—Antibiotic Therapy.

JAMA. 1954;155(8):799. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690260091035

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In the foreword to this important volume, Dr. Michael E. De Bakey has stated: "The recent development and present availability of a number of effective antimicrobial agents have produced a tendency to shift the emphasis in surgical infections to these agents and away from the sound surgical principles by which little more than a decade ago all of them were exclusively managed. This is a tendency which must be recognized and controlled without loss of time.... There can be no doubt that in the management of surgical infections these new agents achieve their greatest effectiveness when they are used as they should be, that is, in combination with surgical measures of established worth." This monograph was originally planned as a small manual on antibiotic therapy, but it has become a larger volume dealing with many aspects of surgical infections. The major emphasis is on surgical principles and practices. The author

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