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July 1940


Author Affiliations


From the Cowell Memorial Hospital, University of California, Berkeley.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(1):1-10. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190130011001

The diagnosis of staphylococcic septicemia brings to many minds a well grounded fear as well as a feeling of unfortunate hopelessness. This hopelessness is an unhealthy condition, often leading either to procrastination with the loss of life-saving time or to the waste of valuable therapeutic agents because of inadequate dosage. The fear, however, together with a healthy stimulation of ingenuity, is undoubtedly praiseworthy. It should not only produce an increase in early recoveries together with a decrease in cases of chronic osteomyelitis, but it should also encourage scientific workers to renewed efforts in discovering more efficient and more specific means of treatment. When this is done there will be a reduction in the exceedingly high mortality.

MORTALITY  The mortality, as observed in statistics of staphylococcic septicemia, varies greatly. In 1936 MacNeal and Frisbee1 reported a death rate of 75 per cent for a series of 100 patients of all