Legionnaires' Disease: They Came, Saw, and Conquered

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In the 1 December 1977 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Fraser and coworkers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) presented their report of the now famous Philadelphia epidemic of Legionnaires' disease, of which the onset of the first recognized case was 20 July 1976, an interval of about 16 months before the publication date of their paper (1). The details of the isolation of the causative bacterium, its role in two earlier unexplained epidemics of respiratory disease—one in the District of Columbia in 1965 and the other in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1968—and its demonstration in tissues

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