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July 21, 1883

Bacillus Taberculosis.—

JAMA. 1883;I(2):57-58. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390020025005

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Each contribution to our knowledge of this organism by microscopists of eminence is welcome. Some time since Spina of Vienna published an account of experiments of his own to test the accuracy of those of Koch. He found that the tubercle bacilli did not, as had been asserted, take staining peculiar to themselves and different from other forms of bacteria. Koch, in his. reply to his critics in turn severely criticized Prof. Spina's experiments. At a recent meeting of the Society of Physicians at Vienna, Professors Stricker and Spina reaffirm the previous observations, and describe a new series of experiments carried on by them to test the same point. They also claimed that they had produced tuberculosis in healthy animals by the injection of glass and cinnabar, the possibility of which has been denied, provided due care is taken to prevent contamination by tuberculous matter at the same time. It

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