Intra-abdominal sepsis: a medical-surgical dilemma.


Much progress has been made in our understanding of the pathophysiology of intra-abdominal infection over the past 100 years. By 1900, investigators had evidence of both an aerobic and an anaerobic component in these infections. By the 1970s, the role of gram-negative aerobic organisms in peritonitis and the role of anaerobes in abscess formation were… (More)


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