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January 5, 1918

SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF ANTHRAX BY VARIOUS METHODS

Author Affiliations

ENDICOTT, N. Y.

JAMA. 1918;70(1):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600010013006

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Abstract

I have treated anthrax successfully by three different methods. Anthrax is not always fatal. When treated properly, few, if any, patients die. The anthrax bacillus is not difficult to destroy or inactivate, but the spore resists the ordinary antiseptics and disinfectants even in highly concentrated solutions. It also resists boiling for thirty minutes and drying indefinitely. Therefore, if disinfection is done thoroughly before spore development occurs, an epidemic can be avoided; but after spore formation has taken place, the best that can be done is to destroy the bacilli as fast as they form. Spores are derived from the bacillus. Thus, while disinfection of hides and tanneries cannot affect the spore itself, it may prevent the formation of spores by breaking the cycle. In view of the fact that a suitable medium is required for spore formation, and that the spore does not form in the animal's blood, it is

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