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Freedman, Lawrence R.

Works: 2 works in 10 publications in 1 language and 464 library holdings
Roles: Contributor, Author
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Most widely held works by Lawrence R Freedman
Kidney and urinary tract infections by E. Lovell Becker( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Infective endocarditis and other intravascular infections by Lawrence R Freedman( Book )

8 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most important example of intravascular infection is infective endocarditis (IE), a common and serious disorder in man. In the past, these infections were uniformly fatal, but since the development of potent antimicrobial agents, bac teriological cure has become practical and predictable. So, for a while, it seemed that intravascular infection would diminish in importance and be relegated to the stockpile of illnesses which physicians, one or two generations earlier, used to see frequently. In recent years, however, spectacular technological advances (cardiac surgery, intravascular devices, hemodialysis), accompanied by profound social deterioration (intravenous drug usage), have provided new breeding grounds for the development of these infections. So it is that a large percentage of intravascular infections may be looked upon today as one of the diseases of medical progress and social evolution. This "progress," however, has not only contributed to the encouragement of the disease; there is another side to the coin: the same technological advances that have served to increase the frequency of infection (e. g., intravascular plastic catheters) have also led to the first simple, easily reproducible laboratory animal model for the study of the disease, thus advancing our understanding of the prophylaxis, treatment, and general biology of these infections (Figures 1 and 2). Similarly, whereas the insertion of prosthetic heart valves has created a new group of patients with endocarditis, these same surgical techniques are lifesaving to patients with endocarditis whose aortic valves have perforated
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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.51 (from 0.43 for Kidney and ... to 0.64 for Infective ...)

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