Introduction

  • Lowell S. Young
  • Robert H. Rubin

Abstract

Two terms that have become common in the contemporary literature of internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics are the immunocompromised host and opportunistic infection. The first of these terms, immunocompromised host (or such variants as the compromised host), describes a group of individuals with impairment of either or both natural and specific immunity to infection (impaired host defenses) such that they are at increased risk for infection by a variety of microorganisms. The microorganisms that invade these individuals may be grouped into three major categories:

Keywords

Influenza Tuberculosis Bacillus Perforation Vancomycin 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lowell S. Young
    • 1
  • Robert H. Rubin
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Kuzell Institute for Arthritis and Infectious Disease, Division of Infectious DiseasesPacific Presbyterian Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Infectious Disease and Transplantation Units, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Department of MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Center for Experimental Pharmacology and TherapeuticsHarvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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