Dr. Gezon commented:

Dr. Lee's comparing the ecology of the Siaphylococcus in the newborn nursery to that of soft-shell clams on the coastline is quite appropriate. It is entirely possible that some of the success attributed to hexachlorophene bathing and handwashing was in fact the natural disappearance from the nursery of Staphylococcus aureus phage patterns 80/81, 80 and 80/81/52/52a which were the principal pathogenic strains in U.S. hospitals in the late 1950's and early 1960's.

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