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March 6, 1926


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Urology, University of Pennsylvania.

JAMA. 1926;86(10):684-685. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670360024010

The cultivation of the gonococcus is so thoroughly dependent on ideal cultural conditions that very slight deviations from that ideal make for failure. To one who tries to grow this germ it early becomes apparent that much in the literature on the subject should be rewritten, for there is much of a negative nature that really belongs to faults in the medium and is not to be attributed to peculiarities of the gonococcus itself. There are few pathogenic bacteria about which more romance has been spun. One investigator finds that certain things prevent its growth in culture, and another finds the same things to be essential to its growth. One early investigator popularized one of our most common mediums of today for the special reason that he was able to grow what he called the gonococcus on it, and today we use it as a differential medium because we say

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