Everything is sweetened by risk.
Alexander Smith (1830-1867)
Chance and the tools to those who use them best.
Charles Leonard Moore (1854-1923)
Hospital epidemiology is rapidly accelerating into its fourth decade as an academic discipline in the United States. For the first several years of its existence, the title "Hospital Epidemiologist" had a great deal to do with hospitals and only a very little to do with epidemiology. Nonetheless, the times are decidedly changing. As we move into the 1990s, hospital epidemiology programs, once considered unfavored stepchildren of infectious disease divisions, now steadily make contributions to our understanding of the pathogenesis and prevention of nosocomial infections. Careful investigators are using both traditional and innovative sophisticated epidemiologic methods to answer important questions about the infectious risks associated with contemporary medical interventions. Since the days of Oliver Wendell Holmes and Ignatz Semmelweis, enlightened practitioners have realized that hospitalizing patients is, unfortunately, a
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