JOHN F. MURRAY, M.D.; HUGH F. HAEGELIN, M.D.; WILLIAM L. HEWITT, M.D.; HARRISON LATTA, M.D.; DAVID MCVICKAR, M.D.; A. F. RASMUSSEN JR., M.D.; LEO G. RIGLER, M.D.
Dr. John F. Murray: We can use the term "opportunistic" to characterize infections that adapt themselves to unique circumstances favoring their development. To this should be added a particularly pertinent definition from Webster's dictionary, which certainly applies in the clinical context in which we recognize these infections, "with little regard for principles or ultimate consequences."
There is little doubt that the prevalence of opportunistic pulmonary infections is increasing. In two large hospitals in New York City that deal primarily with patients who have malignant diseases, the number of fungus infections in the decade from 1950 to 1959 increased from 2
MURRAY JF, HAEGELIN HF, HEWITT WL, LATTA H, MCVICKAR D, RASMUSSEN AF, et al. Opportunistic Pulmonary Infections. Ann Intern Med. ;65:566–594. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-65-3-566
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(3):566-594.
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