EARLE B. KAY, M.D.
The presence of actinomyces in chronic bronchopulmonary infections is more common than it is generally considered to be. Interest in this subject was stimulated following isolation of the ray fungus in two patients with pulmonary suppuration. These patients required pulmonary resection in combination with chemotherapy to obtain cures.1 Since then careful search for this organism has been made in similar patients. During the six-month period from May to November 1945, 240 patients were treated for chronic bronchopulmonary infections. Of these, 109 patients had Actinomyces israeli isolated (by direct examination and culture) from the sputum, and 65 from bronchoscopic specimens. The
KAY EB. BRONCHOPULMONARY ACTINOMYCOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;26:581–593. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-26-4-581
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;26(4):581-593.
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