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Medical News & Perspectives
March 27, 2002

New Threats and Old Enemies

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JAMA. 2002;287(12):1513-1515. doi:10.1001/jama.287.12.1513

Las Vegas—Familiar pathogens, septic shock, emerging infectious diseases, and bioweapons, the old and new nemeses of critical care physicians, occupied center stage at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine's 40th Anniversary Symposium on Critical Care, Trauma and Emergency Medicine. Threats to patients worldwide, these issues are increasingly prevalent in the acute care arena, affecting healthy people and the burgeoning aging and immunocompromised population alike.