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February 29, 1896

NOTES ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF BACILLUS COLI COMMUNIS.

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UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):410-411. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610012002c
Abstract

The peculiar but obscure relations existing between the bacillus of typhoid fever and bacillus coli communis have made it necessary to acquire a fuller knowledge regarding the natural distribution of the members of the coli-typhoid group. It has sometimes been asserted, although on insufficient evidence, (Blachstein, Kellogg), that many of the lower animals normally harbor intestinal bacteria capable of causing typhoid fever, and in this connection the recent investigations of Lösener1 upon the occurrence in nature of bacteria possessing the characteristics of the typhoid bacillus having no apparent connection with an antecedent case of typhoid fever seem to be especially noteworthy. With a view to throwing light upon some of these questions of distribution, the following study was undertaken.2

The fact that bacillus coli is normally found in the intestines not only of man, but also of several domesticated animals has been well established by the researches of

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