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August 3, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(5):379-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600310057014

Sacquépée1 has made a careful study of a large series of war wounds of the extremities, with particular reference to the conditions preceding and accompanying infection. He determined the different kinds of bacteria and paid special attention to the number at different times. The enumeration was made by counting the bacteria in stained preparations according to the method of Carrel, by means of which it is possible to calculate approximately the number of bacteria in a given volume of exudate. This direct method of enumeration does not permit the recognition of any particular species except possibly the streptococcus. The method, however, is of value because by counting the bacteria one can determine in a rough way the rapidity with which they multiply. In the cultural work, Sacquépée made use of the accepted aerobic and anaerobic methods as well as of certain special methods. It appears that practically all severe

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