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Pneumococcal Bacteremia with Especial Reference to Bacteremic Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(5):759-776. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-5-759
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Twenty-five years have elapsed since the subject of pneumococcal bacteremia has been reviewed (1, 2). In that period many changes have taken place both in the treatment of this disorder and in the attitude of the medical profession toward it. The introduction of a series of antimicrobial drugs effective against all capsular types of pneumococcus has led to widespread abandonment of the more precise bacteriologic techniques designed for the recognition of this organism and secondarily to the impression that pneumococcal disease no longer constitutes a serious medical problem. To determine the validity of these practices and attitudes, established techniques for


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