October 10, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(15):403-404. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391140011004

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The recent experiments of Professor Cantani regarding the effect of administering, by inhalation, a spray of bacterium termo in a case of acute pulmonary phthisis seems to be a new proof of the truth of the adage "Set a thief to catch a thief," since these experiments seem to show quite conclusively that the bacterium termo completely antagonises the bacillus of phthisis.

According to the Centralblatt für die medicinischen Wissenschaften, of July 18, 1885, quoted in the Philadelphia Medical Times, of August 8, a pure culture of bacterium termo was used, diluted with gelatin and meat-broth, by means of a hand spray apparatus with double rubber bulb. "The expectoration rapidly decreased, until it ceased entirely during the last few days of the experiment. The tubercle bacilli likewise soon diminished from (in?) the expectoration, and did not reappear, while bacterium termo became more and more abundant." The fever decreased very much

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