Joseph F. John Jr., MD
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John Jr. JF. Gram Stain. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:1083. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-129-12-199812150-00042
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(12):1083.
TO THE EDITOR:
It is hard to believe, but true. The title perplexed me: “The Gram Stain” . Who would write about such an arcane topic these days? I read it. My chest tightened a bit. I had just come back from our clinical microbiology laboratory. I was worried about what I saw on that slide I just prepared, covered no longer by a milky fluid from a draining back but only with a hint of the pink safranin. Under the microscope, a ropy, fibrin mesh held dearly to tired neutrophils rimmed by long chunky pink rods. It was infected. Too simple a signal from that embedded, vertebral “enemy” within.
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