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August 25, 1962


JAMA. 1962;181(8):721-722. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050340059014

Actinomycosis, an optionally reportable fungal L disease, accounted for 15 deaths in the United States in 1957 and 21 deaths in 1958, and the vital statistics of the United States show that increasing numbers of deaths from this disease are occurring each year. Actinomycosis, therefore, is a major fungal disease which undoubtedly is more prevalent than data suggest and than is generally appreciated. Its incidence emphasizes the fact that, in spite of the rapid development of improved diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, some of our more common ailments are still capable of causing considerable morbidity.

In the report of a case of actinomycosis by Intile and Richert, which appears in this issue of TheJournal (p. 724), an uncommon complication of a long-recognized illness is described. The implications are more than a simple admonition to be prepared for the uncommon complications of actinomycosis and more than reconfirmation of the fact that

Beeson, P. B., et al.:  Year Book of Medicine, 1961-1962 , Chicago: Year Book Publishers, Inc., 1961, p. 10.