More and more, clinicians and pathologists are becoming convinced that actinomycosis is a common disease. To Sanford and his co-workers1 is due great credit for their success in pointing out the high incidence of actinomycosis in the United States. In their last two articles they have compiled about 670 cases. Of these, less than one third were found in the literature. Through extensive correspondence, they learned of 334 unpublished cases. To these were added 135 cases from the Mayo Clinic. One can but conclude, then, that actinomycosis in man is much more common than a study of the literature would lead one to believe.
One year after Bollinger of Munich2 discovered the nature of the disease in cattle afflicted with lumpy-jaw (1877), Israël3 described the same disease in man. Four years later, Ponfick4 established the unity of the human and bovine infections. In 1885, John B.
SIMPSON WM, McINTOSH CA. ACTINOMYCOSIS OF THE VERTEBRAE (ACTINOMYCOTIC POTT'S DISEASE): REPORT OF FOUR CASES. Arch Surg. 1927;14(6):1166–1186. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1927.01130180051003
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