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April 18, 1903

POISONED WOUNDS BY THE IMPLEMENTS OF WARFARE.

Author Affiliations

MAJOR AND SURGEON, U. S. ARMY.

JAMA. 1903;XL(16):1062-1069. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490160014001f
Abstract

V. INFLICTION OF POISONED WOUNDS OR SEVERE INFECTIONS INTO ANIMALS BY VARIOUS MEANS IN FIRING.  The work narrated in the preceding experiments by foreign workers refers to the transmission of bacteria by the act of firing when the organism is placed on the projectile, in the barrel or on cloth. My earlier experiments, already cited, proved the transmission of bacteria when placed on the ball or in the powder. The experiments to be referred to now were undertaken to show whether transmission could be effected when the organism is placed at any point from the explosive to the point of impact, namely, in the powder, on the wad, on the projectile, in the barrel, on cloth in the trajectory and lastly on the integument at the point of entrance.

Anthrax.  —Infection by the implements of warfare was incidentally touched on when we were considering poisoned arrows. It will be

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