Published in Blood Weekly, May 1st, 2003
The announcement was made at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Meeting in Edinburgh.
"Most people make a rapid and successful recovery from major surgery," said Monty Mythen, professor of anesthesia and critical care at University College, London. "But we have discovered that people who take a long time to recover, or even die, often have low levels of natural defense against a dangerous byproduct of bacteria called endotoxin."
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