April 11, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(15):505-510. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410670001001

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THE RELATION OF BACTERIA TO PRACTICAL SURGERY.  The Address in Surgery of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh,June 11, 1890.BY JOHN B. ROBERTS, M.D.,PROFESSOR OF SURGERY IN THE WOMAN'S MEDICAL COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA, PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY AND SURGERY IN THE PHILADELPHIA POLYCLINIC.The revolution which has occurred in practical surgery since the discovery of the relation of microörganisms to the complications occurring in wounds has caused me to take up this subject for discussion. Although many of my hearers are familiar with the germ theory of disease, it is possible that it may interest some to have put before them, in a short address, a few points in bacteriology, which are of value to the practical surgeon.It must be remembered that groups of symptoms which were formerly classed under the heads of "inflammatory fever," "symptomatic fever," "traumatic fever," "hectic fever," and similar terms, varying

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