The striking advances in specific chemotherapy have increased the importance of isolating the etiologic organism in any acute infection. This may be possible at times by surface cultures or by bacteriologic studies of sputum, urine, spinal fluid, or exudates in the pleura, joint cavities, etc. There is, however, in some of these instances, especially in surface throat cultures, sputum cultures and urine cultures, a degree of uncertainty as to whether the organisms obtained are identical with those causing the constitutional symptoms. Since bacteria in the blood stream may be assumed to be etiologic agents, and since their presence there moreover
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