February 13, 1886

A Treatise on Epidemic Cholera and Allied Diseases.

JAMA. 1886;VI(7):194-195. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020054013

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This is a well printed octavo volume of 222 pages, embracing the consideration of Epidemic Cholera, Serous Diarrhœa, Cholera Morbus, and Cholera Infantum. The author devotes the first 67 pages to a brief historical statement of the progress of the chief epidemics of cholera in modern times, and a very interesting and impartial account of investigations in regard to the etiology of the diseasy up to the present time. While he gives to local meteorological and sanitary conditions an important if not controlling influence as necessary predisposing causes, he clearly favors the doctrine of a specificor or essential cause, and that of an organic living germ. But after giving due weight to all the interesting microscopic researches of the last three or four years, he does not regard it as satisfactorily proved that the comma bacillus of Dr. Koch is the essential cause of epidemic cholera. The next 29 pages

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