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October 1958

The Changing Picture of Staphylococcic Infections in Otolaryngologic Practice

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Pensacola, Fla.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(4):403-415. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020417001

Introduction  The Staphylococcus (Micrococcus) Pyogenes var. aureus is probably one of the very earliest infection agents known to man, as its ravages, in the form of osteomyelitis lesions, have been recorded in bones recovered from excavations of tombs dating back many centuries in antiquity. It is likewise one of the most ubiquitous organisms, and its adaptability to environmental circumstances explains its continuing importance as a serious contender for the title of today's "Captain of the Men of Death," as pointed out recently in an editorial in the British Medical Journal.1One can truthfully say that the first half of the 20th century has been the period in medical history which undoubtedly will be credited with medicine's greatest advance in the battle against infectious disease. It has been the period of antisepsis, asepsis, and the beginning of the antibiotic and chemotherapeutic era. But it must be confessed the final answer

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