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July 1914


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From the Hearst Laboratory of Pathology and Bacteriology, University of California, with the assistance of a grant from the Committee on Scientific Research of the American Medical Association.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1914;XIV(1):104-119. doi:10.1001/archinte.1914.00070130111007

Members of the somewhat ill-defined group of micro-organisms, Streptothrix, produce the disease streptotrichosis in man and animals. There is a gradually increasing recognition of the close relationship between these organisms and the bacillus of tuberculosis ; this, together with an equal similarity between these two diseases, focuses our interest sharply on the problem of their prompt recognition and early differentiation from each other.

The literature of the subject is extensive, and to be found chiefly in periodicals. A few of the large handbooks of medicine, Osler's and Allbutt's, give clear discussion of the mold fungi, as to their structure and as agents in disease production; but on the whole the usual medical text-books pass the subject casually, so that the student of medicine has no very good idea of the biological characters of, and relations between the streptotriches, sporotriches and blastomycetes, or of their really important rôle in

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