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Infection and Cancer: Old Friends

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Medicine Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(4):597-599. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-79-4-597
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Unusual infections are becoming an increasingly important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with malignant diseases. Infectious complications of malignancy and efforts at their control are highlighted by two articles in this issue, those of Young, Meyer, and Armstrong (pp. 518-527) and by Sickles and associates (pp. 528-534). Infectious death is not unique to cancer patients. Pneumonia is still a common cause of death in this country. Sir William Osler once described pneumonia as the old man's friend to emphasize that pneumonia was often the final illness and a consequence of irreversible organ failure. The typical patient with cancer



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