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A Quantitative Method for Investigating the Bacteriology of Skin: Its Application to Burns

By J. C. Lawrence and H. A. Lilly


A technique is described for homogenizing biopsies of skin and determining their total viable bacterial content. The method has been carefully checked to ensure that homogenization did not alter the bacterial content of skin and the technique was shown to give reproducible results. The bacterial content of normal and burned human and guinea-pig skin has been determined. Possible applications of the method are discussed

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