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Nosocomial Pneumonia : Blood Cultures Remain Useful

Charles S. Bryan, MD
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Affiliations: Columbia, SC 
 ,  Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Correspondence to: Charles S. Bryan, MD, 2 Medical Park, Suite 502, Columbia, SC 29203; e-mail: cbryan@richmed.medpark.sc.edu



Chest. 1999;116(4):859-860. doi:10.1378/chest.116.4.859
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