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March 1966

Common Bacterial Infections, Pathophysiology and Clinical Management.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(3):472-473. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870090156047

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Faulty information from the pen of an eloquent author is a snare to the reader. Solid information presented tediously, on the other hand, may sap more time than it is worth. In Common Bacterial Infections, Pathophysiology and Clinical Management, Colonel Pulaski has protected his reader from both hazards in an unfortunate way. He serves notice on the first page that his words will outweigh their meanings ("relatively quite infrequent" seems to mean "seldom") and within three dozen pages it becomes clear that his advice will need liberal seasoning (a kind of stimulation is generated by a statement like "Pneumonia may be caused by any of five species of bacteria...." prodding one to consider which five held the author's attention. Perhaps he meant five common species—but, then, is streptococcal origin commoner than salmonellal? What of tularemia versus plague? And what will we do with mixed, largely anaerobic pneumonias?).

One is led

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