ROGER I. CEILLEY, M.D.
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To the editor: Hande and associates have expanded the list of diphtheroids that can cause serious infection with an interesting report, "Sepsis with a New Species of Corynebacterium" in the October issue (Ann Intern Med 85:423-426, 1976). In Table 1, page 425, however, they incorrectly state that Corynebacterium haemolyticum has not been reported as a pathogen in man. Indeed, MacLean, Liebow, and Rosenberg (1), who first named the organism C. haemolyticum, were describing an organism that they first isolated from nasopharyngeal and cutaneous infections occurring in natives and U.S. military personnel in the South Pacific. Ryan (2) and others have
CEILLEY RI. Corynebacterium haemolyticum as Human Pathogen. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:239. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-86-2-239_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(2):239.
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