March 1966

Skin Bacteria and Their Role in Infection.

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DCH. Price, $15. Pp 325. McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 330 W 42nd St, New York 10036, 1965.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(3):338. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090060148027

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This very useful monograph brings together the material presented at a symposium held at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, which was conceived and directed by the editors. The text is divided into four general areas of interest: (1) The Cutaneous Bacteria and Their Ecology, which includes a discussion of transient, resident, and pathogenic flora, methods of their quantitation, and factors contributing to their survival; (2) Man and His Infections, in which factors which predispose to clinical infections, experimental infections, and patterns of pathological response to infection are discussed; (3) Epidemiologic Considerations, in which colonization and diseases of the newborn and factors involved in transmission of staphylococcus infections are presented; and (4) Methods of Prevention, which contains chapters on the dynamics of bacterial populations, bacterial interference, and the prevention of staphylococcic infections. Although there is some inherent overlap between the subject matter discussed in several of these

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