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October 17, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(16):1162-1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730160044021

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The Third Congress of Bacteriology  The third Congresso nazionale di microbiologia was held recently in Milan, having been opened with an address by Prof. Serefino Belfanti, director of the Istituto sieroterapico milanese. Professor Montemartini presented a paper on the pathogenesis of the diseases of plants, in which he described the natural defenses of plants against parasites. The speaker took up then the fundamental unity of the pathology of all living things and stated that, by taking account of this fact, it will perchance be possible also in vegetable pathology to develop a direct pharmacotherapy toward the plant; namely, a true and proper curative intervention that will not have solely in view, as at present, the destruction of parasites.Professor Pepeu discussed antidiphtheritic vaccination by means of anatoxin, and showed, on the basis of statistics that he had collected, that the method is harmless and gives evidence of a high vaccinating

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