Anaerobic infections and their treatment

  • R. Wise
  • M. N. Logan
Part of the Current Status of Modern Therapy book series (CSMT, volume 4)


The scientific study of anaerobic bacteria began with the observations of Louis Pasteur in 1861, although a century earlier an Italian priest, Lazaro Spallanzani, had observed anaerobic organisms but failed to appreciate their significance. Pasteur recorded that ‘the ferment which produces butyric acid is an infusorium living in the complete absence of oxygen’1. In these investigations he observed rod-shaped bacteria killed in the presence of oxygen. In 1878 Pasteur reported with Joubert and Chamberland a strictly anaerobic ‘Sepsis Vibrio’2.


Anaerobic Bacterium Clavulanic Acid Hyperbaric Oxygen Female Genital Tract Pseudomembranous Colitis 
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