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January 28, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(4):277-278. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740040045027

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To the Editor:  —To at least one individual interested in diseases produced by the higher bacteria or molds and pathogenic yeastlike fungi, articles dealing with such subjects frequently add little to medical knowledge but do contribute to the confusion that already exists.This is due, in some instances, to the failure of many authors to recognize and evaluate the ubiquity of such organisms. It is well recognized that the higher bacteria and fungi are widely distributed in nature and can be recovered from the sputum and stools of many normal individuals. Furthermore, by far the majority of species which have been isolated are nonpathogenic for laboratory animals and for man. Pathogenic strains of yeastlike fungi can be recovered from normal individuals (Centralbl. f. Bakt., part 1, 103:94, 1927; Am. J. M. Sc.175:153 [Feb.] 1928), and it seems likely that a decrease in bodily resistance, general (due to

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