In the past 25 years a full discussion of surgical infections has grown from sturdy sections of various surgical texts into a hefty volume of its own. The new information has derived largely from two sources: the explosion of knowledge about the structure and function of the infecting agents and about how they infect or can be prevented from doing damage; and the increasing prevalence of exotic infections, as surgical practice has extended into the realm of impaired immunity, as seen in cancer therapy, transplantation, shock, and HIV infection. Of course, traditional surgical infections remain, as always, the practitioner's chief adversary, and despite new understanding of invaders, more accurate diagnosis and more effective drugs, clinical skills in surgical intervention and in wound healing are still critical to gaining therapeutic success.
"lifestyles of the infecting invaders"
Surgical Infections, edited by Donald E. Fry, covers all corners of this sprawling field in
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