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Semiautomated determination of minimum bactericidal concentrations of antibiotics
  1. F O'Grady,
  2. Barbara Murphy,
  3. NJ Pearson
  1. Department of Microbiology, University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH
  2. Public Health Laboratory, University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH
  3. Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH


    Using a newly devised 50-channel photometer which records the opacity of growing bacterial cultures, it was shown that the time taken by cultures diluted 1/1000 in fresh broth to reach 50% of the opacity of a fully grown culture was inversely related to the concentration of organisms in the original culture. This relation was used to determine the numbers of survivors after exposure to benzylpenicillin and gentamicin alone and in combination. The procedure is commended as a labour-saving and potentially rapid method of obtaining comprehensive information on the bactericidal action and interaction of antibiotics.

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