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December 1956

Outbreak of Postoperative Micrococcal Pneumonia: A Clinical Analysis with Bacteriological Data

Author Affiliations

Talihina, Okla.; Seattle
Senior Surgeon (T), U. S. Public Health Service, Talihina Medical Center (Dr. Ketcham); Senior Assistant Scientist (R), U. S. Public Health Service Hospital (Dr. Brancato).

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;73(6):965-969. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01280060065014

"Miracle drugs" and a "humanity free of infectious diseases" owing to their use are catch phrases now relegated to the recent past. In the last 10 years there has been reported a rising percentage of bacterial isolates from clinical sources, resistant to one or more antibiotics formerly effective in eradicating them. These reports have come from several European countries and from all sections of the United States. Micrococcus pyogenes, foremost, by far, of the microorganisms displaying increased resistance, is a familiar enemy, with which many recent publications have dealt. No attempt will be made to review those numerous publications here, a considerable task which has been well done recently by McCoy.1 The addition of a new publication to an already voluminous literature on the subject requires some justification. This is supplied by the fact that the sudden outbreak of staphylcoccal pneumonia, terminating fatally in some instances, at our hospital

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