CHARLES H. RAMMELKAMP JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.; EDWARD A. MORTIMER JR., M.D.; EMANUEL WOLINSKY, M.D.
In 1955, Colebrook (1), a bacteriologist who had studied infections of burns and wounds during two world wars, reviewed the problem of the transmission and control of hospital-acquired infections. These studies, which included cultures of normal individuals, patients, and various articles in the environment, emphasized that Group A streptococci and pathogenic staphylococci were common inhabitants of the upper respiratory tract of persons, both sick and well. In addition, both organisms were recovered in large numbers from the air, dust, floor, bedding, and clothes in those environments where infections were prevalent. The degree of bacterial contamination of the environment reflected the
RAMMELKAMP CH, MORTIMER EA, WOLINSKY E. Transmission of Streptococcal and Staphylococcal Infections. Ann Intern Med. 1964;60:753–758. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-5-753
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