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Anaerobic Infection of the Brain.

H. S. Heineman, M.D.; and A. I. Braude, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(4):736. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-4-736_1
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The mortality and morbidity from brain abscess remain forbiddingly high despite the advent of antibiotics, which are given generally on the basis of incomplete bacteriologic data. Since the literature places little emphasis on the accurate identifications of infecting organisms in brain abscess, a careful bacteriologic study was made of all brain abscesses of nontraumatic origin at this hospital. These cases have consistently yielded a group of bacteria hitherto given only sporadic mention.

In a series of 17 consecutive cases during a 5-year period, 15 yielded a heavy growth of anaerobic bacteria, and 2 were sterile. Anaerobes alone were isolated from




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