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August 9, 1913


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JAMA. 1913;61(6):392-393. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350060014008

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A spray of lactic acid bacilli was recently used in available diphtheria cases in Rochester with the view of clearing up refractive diphtheria carriers and in an attempt to find for spraying some organism which is not foreign to human tissues and is not regarded as pathogenic.

The success was rapid and marked, but with only a few trials no definite statements can be made. This suggestion is hereby offered that others may try the lactic acid bacillus spray, as the staphylococcus is now being used for overriding local bacterial infections, so that its usefulness may be measured or the inadvisability of its use demonstrated.

Four cases of diphtheria appeared in the Rochester State Hospital for the Insane between Jan. 18 and Feb. 9, 1913. The last patient, a nurse in the isolation infirmary, showed no symptoms and was a secondary case. The other three patients, two of them nurses,

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