Microbiology and pathogenesis of Streptococcus pneumoniae
- Elaine I Tuomanen, MD
Elaine I Tuomanen, MD
- Chair, Infectious Diseases
- St Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Section Editors
- Daniel J Sexton, MD
Daniel J Sexton, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Infectious Diseases
- Section Editor — Bacterial Infections
- Professor of Medicine
- Duke University Medical Center
- Sheldon L Kaplan, MD
Sheldon L Kaplan, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Pediatrics
- Section Editor — Pediatric Infectious Diseases
- Professor and Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs
- Baylor College of Medicine
Streptococcus pneumoniae occupies an important position in the history of microbiology:
●The organism was first identified in 1881.
●Its role in causing lobar pneumonia was appreciated by the late 1880s.
●The central role of antibody in host defense against extracellular organisms was first described for the pneumococcus.
●The first recognition that antibody directed to the capsular polysaccharide of a bacteria could be protective was shown for the pneumococcus; this observation forms the basis for many current bacterial vaccines.To continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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