RICHARD J. DUMA, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Sooner or later nearly every hospitalized patient, regardless of socioenconomic status, receives an unwelcome call in one form or another from Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The widespread distribution of this "opportunist" in hospitals and its all too frequent appearance as a clinical problem have gained it the respect due a clever, potent adversary. If it were found in frozen tundra or molten lava, hardly anyone would be surprised.
Recently, however, a new twist was added by Favero and colleagues (1) to the growing volume of ecological information on this organism and its sources for hospital contagion. During a survey of environmental microbial
DUMA RJ. Pseudomonas and Water, with a New Twist. Ann Intern Med. ;76:506–507. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-3-506
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