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October 27, 1888

BACTERIOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS AT AUTOPSIES.

JAMA. 1888;XI(17):597-598. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400690021003

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Abstract

In reading recent medical literature, says Babes, it seems that a precise bacteriological examination is reserved for special cases of infectious diseases. He is convinced that bacteriological researches should be made systematically in all autopsies in infectious diseases. To this end, in the necropsy on man all the precautions should be taken as in the case of an animal; it should be made in a laboratory, where the micro-organisms in the tissues and organs may be collected. In the Archives Roumaines de Médecine et de Chirurgie, Babes has a contribution on the technique of such autopsies.

In the first, he says, scrupulous cleanliness of the hands should be observed. The cadaver may be preserved at a temperature of 5° or 6° C. The body should be washed with a 1:1000 solution of corrosive sublimate, and all the water used during the autopsy should be such a solution. The instruments should

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