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December 22, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(25):893-894. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400760029007

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)  Nature and Origin of Tetanus—Compression and Costal Resection in Empyema—Unglazed Tissue Paper for Dressings—Disinfection of Instruments—Muscular Atrophy of the Limbs.In my last letter I sent you a short extract of a note by Drs. Berger and Richelot on the contagiousness of tetanus. From a communication to the Academy of Medicine on the nature and origin of tetanus, it will be seen that M, Alphonse Guérin does not believe in the equine origin of the disease. He admits that tetanus is inoculable, but what the agents are that are inoculated has not yet been demonstrated, He says that one may inoculate fragments of flesh taken at the neighborhood of the wound which was the seat of tetanus, pieces of spinal marrow of the bulb, of cerebral matter, are equally inoculable, The blood alone is not. These experiments prove that there is a virus, but no one

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