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Infection presents as a major complication in the compromised host. Patients' immune mechanisms are affected by many disease processes that alter the body's immune system and by many drugs that also depress the body's defense mechanisms. The infections found in these compromised patients are many, and the stated purpose of this manual is to review host defense mechanisms and to "draw correlations between the defensive parameter which is deficient and the specific microbial agent which invades the host in these situations." The authors point out that we often pay more attention to developing new drugs that have more effect on
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Infection and the Compromised Host.. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:838. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-6-838_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(6):838.
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