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June 1, 1918

BENEFICENT STREPTOCOCCI

JAMA. 1918;70(22):1603-1604. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600220025012
Abstract

The mention of the term Streptococcus is more than likely to bring disagreeable sensations and unpleasant recollections to the minds of those who hear it. Thoughts of abscesses and suppurative processes, of inflammation and other pathologic reactions will arise in those for whom the word has any significance at all. From the standpoint of mere terminology this should not happen; for Streptococcus is merely the designation of a type of micro-organisms, of cells that divide in one plane so as to form short or long chains. However, association often determines the habits of mind as well as of body. The streptococci have so long been associated with disease that even the bacteriologist will inevitably tend to retain this relationship uppermost in his mental reactions. The condemnation of this group of bacteria is not of recent origin; for the attempts to produce powerful immune serums against streptococci date back to the

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