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January 29, 1927


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JAMA. 1927;88(5):341-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680310053027

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To the Editor:  —From the many comments that have been received by me since the publication of "A New Medium for Gonococcus Culture" by Dr. L. E. Viteri and myself (The Journal, March 6, 1926, p. 684), it is obvious that the simplicity that this medium introduces in the culture of those bacteria, hitherto considered to require enrichment by albuminous substances for growth, has stimulated much interest. There is a phase of this matter that seems not to have received any great attention but which should be uppermost in the mind of every one who uses enriched mediums of any type if great and serious error is to be avoided. Particularly is this true in searches aimed at the discovery of the gonococcus in chronic discharges from the male or female genitalia.We constantly overlook the fact that all the cocci reproduce by fission and that at this stage of

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