Anaerobic Infections

Sherwood L. Gorbach, John G. Bartlett

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A BASIC fact of our tenuous coexistence with our environment is that “life on man” is predominantly anaerobic. The micro-organisms that reside on our skins populate our mouths and proliferate in the deeper recesses of our gastrointestinal tracts have an obligatory requirement to avoid atmospheric oxygen. Indeed, their necessity to live without oxygen is as great as their host's necessity to live with it. Since anaerobic bacteria are the major residents of our skins and mucous-membrane surfaces, it is reasonable to suspect that these organisms play a part in pathologic processes associated with disturbances of these sites. In the past,.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1177-1184
Number of pages8
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 23 1974
Externally publishedYes

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