Clostridium difficile — what is the Australian story?

Paul D R Johnson and Rhonda L Stuart
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00142
Published online: 17 March 2004

Have distance and preparedness helped our hospitals dodge the C. difficile bullet?

In his acclaimed book The tyranny of distance, Geoffrey Blainey argued that Australia's history has been deeply shaped by distance and isolation.1

  • 1 Infectious Diseases Department, Austin Health and University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Monash Infectious Diseases, Monash Health and Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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