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Micro-Organisms in Malignant Tumors
Immediately following the publications of Dr. Gye and Mr. J. E. Barnard in the Lancet, Dr. Räth, an assistant of Professor Binz, director of the chemical institute of the Berlin agricultural school, published in the Zeitschrift für angewandte Chemie of July 23 a short communication, from which it appears that he, also, has succeeded in finding microorganisms in carcinoma. He said in part:If one subjects extirpated carcinomas of man or of animals to a definite chemical process, one may secure microorganisms from the decomposition product through cultivation on agar. That these organisms must have originated in the tumors in question cannot be denied. Organisms have been found in this manner in cancer of the breast, cancer of the liver, skin carcinoma, uterine carcinoma and carcinoma of the jaws. It seems almost superfluous to state that the utmost precautions were taken to prevent the invasion of
BERLIN. JAMA. 1925;85(9):692. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670090048020
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