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September 10, 1904

THE PRESENCE OF BACTERIA IN THE VISCERA OF HEALTHY ANIMALS.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(11):741-742. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500110035010
Abstract

There has been not a little discussion as to whether the solid viscera of healthy animals contain bacteria or not, and the evidence bearing on this question has been most contradictory. There are, however, so many opportunities for contamination and loopholes for error in investigations along this line that the reported results can not all be accepted without reservation. A valuable contribution to the data on this subject has recently been published by Dr. H. deR. Morgan,1 who made a careful study of the viscera of rabbits, cats and dogs with the strictest precautions, and found micro-organisms in 26 per cent, of the examinations. The bacteria. however, were those ubiquitous in the atmosphere, and there is reason to believe that their presence was accidental, the germs or their spores probably adhering to the moist surface of the viscera during their exposure in the course of the postmortem examination. The

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