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March 30, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(13):1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520390040008

Pathologic and bacteriologic laboratory research have their perils, as is every now and then demonstrated by the death of some prominent worker in this field. The latest victim to the cause of science is Dr. Allan Macfadyen.2 This eminent English bacteriologist, so well known by his work on endotoxins, etc., succumbed to an accidental laboratory infection. Medical history has a long roll of such martyrs, and it is probable that enlistment in this department of scientific service involves not much less risk to life or limb than does the taking up of the profession of the soldier in the present stage of the world's history. Of course, every physician runs certain risks and may be called a soldier of humanity, risking his own health and life for the defense of others. But laboratory workers, and especially those investigating the causes of virulent infections, take special risks and can not

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