• Eugénie Bergogne-Bérézin
Part of the Infectious Agents and Pathogenesis book series (IAPA)

What should be the future for Acinetobacter spp., after its incredibly rapid growth in pathogenicity, antibiotic resistance, worldwide spread, increased incidence of infections, and as a result spectacularly increased presence in meetings of international conferences? All this happened less than 20 years ago. Maybe a look behind the current situation of Acinetobacter spp. will permit understanding and prospective vision of potential evolution of these strange microorganisms.

Nosocomial Origins

A long time before the advent of antibiotics, in the 18th century, Scottish Sir John Pringle described infections acquired in hospitals and in the army in a book, entitled Observations on the Diseases of an Army in Camp… , and wrote: “Among the chief causes of sickness and death, I should rank… the hospitals themselves: and that an account of the bad air, and other inconveniences…”. With the contribution of Joseph Lister in 1870 and Ignaz Semmelweis (1846), who both demonstrated the role of...


Antibiotic Resistance Acinetobacter Baumannii Prospective Vision Efflux Mechanism Slime Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.“AntibiotiquesTherapeutiques Antiinfectieuses”ParisFrance

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