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While the number of cases of human actinomycosis recorded in medical literature is still quite small, the total being in all likelihood about 300, yet it is of much interest to the scientific physician to learn of the great advances that veterinarians are making in the treatment of this otherwise intractable and fatal disease among cattle, especially because the success that has been met with would seem to warrant the expectation that the simple treatment might prove equally efficacious in human as it has done in bovine actinomycosis.
It will be remembered that actinomycosis is an infective granulomatous process depending upon the presence in the tissue of the actino-cladothrix, which consists of radiating filaments; this bacterium was formerly classed as a mould fungus and was called actinomycis, and the disease was named actinomycosis. The researches and experimental studies of Afanassiew and Schultz, Israel, Bostroem and McFadysan have shown that the
IODIDE OF POTASSIUM IN BOVINE ACTINOMYCOSIS.. JAMA. 1892;XIX(20):589. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420200025002