April 11, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(15):404. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390900012005

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While Koch, Finckler and Prior, and the English cholera commission, have been devoting their energies to the comma-bacillus, Freire his to the micrococcus xanthogenicus, and Seifert his to the bacillus of influenza, the microbe of mumps has been driven from his hiding places by Dr. Boinet. Already, in 1881, had Capitan and Charrin declared that they had discovered a microbe in the blood and saliva of six victims to the annoyance of parotitis; and later they were seen by Bouchard and Netter. Boinet has cultivated these microbes to the fourth, fifth and sixth generation. True, his inocular experiments on rabbits have not been very successful, but they should have been made on the human being, for two reasons: First, rabbits are seldom troubled with mumps, so far as known; second, according to Mr. Henry Bergh, such experiments on the lower animals are cruel and useless, as the rabbits are subjected

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