JOHN A. WASHINGTON II, M.D.
To the editor: In the UCLA Conference on the management of anaerobic infections (Ann Intern Med 83:375-389, 1975) by Finegold and coworkers it is erroneously stated (p. 384) that Bacteroides fragilis is the second most frequent isolate from blood cultures at the Mayo Clinic (personal communication from myself is cited). In fact, anaerobes are isolated from approximately 13% of positive cultures, representing approximately 20% of bacteremic patients (excluding those with Propionibacterium) at the Mayo Clinic and affiliated hospitals. During the years of 1970 through 1972 bacteroidaceae represented the second most frequent Gram-negative bacillary isolate from blood cultures (1). Bacteroidaceae represented
WASHINGTON JA. Relative Frequencies of Anaerobes. Ann Intern Med. ;83:908. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-6-908_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(6):908.
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