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.
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...