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June 27, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(26):919. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410780019005

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Von Schrotter and Winkler report that they have recently employed plover's egg albumen in the cultivation of the gonococcus of Neisser. The coccus is obtained from the urethra with all possible precautions. The glans is first washed with alcohol and corrosive sublimate, then some of the infected pus is conveyed by a sterile needle to the coagulated albumen. The culture is placed in a brood oven at a temperature of 38° C. At the end of six hours a thin, whitish, transparent layer appears, that extends itself rapidly over the albumen. There is some growth at ordinary temperatures, but it is much less. Experiments with egg albumen of the common fowl were negative. Centralblatt für Bakteriologie und Parasitenkunde, May 23, 1891.

(It is to be regretted that some more readily obtainable culture medium was not found than plover's egg. Still, even with this disadvantage, it is to be hoped

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