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Article
July 9, 1927

COMMERCIAL BACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS AND BACILLUS BULGARICUS CULTURES AND PREPARATIONS: BACTERIOLOGIC STATUS

Author Affiliations

NEW HAVEN, CONN.
From the Microbiological Laboratory, Bureau of Chemistry, U. S. Department of Agriculture.

JAMA. 1927;89(2):89-92. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690020013005
Abstract

The use of Bacillus acidophilus in the treatment of abnormal intestinal conditions has attained marked popularity within the last few years, not alone in scientific circles, but with the layman as well. The demand for methods of administration in which the patient can be relieved from immediate dependence on bacteriologist and laboratory has led to the marketing of various kinds of preparations, liquid, solid and semisolid. It is well known that the life duration of such bacterial "cultures" is short, and that the products may become worthless after a comparatively brief period of time. There are few commodities on the retail market the quality of which is so dependent on scientific control as these preparations. The present survey was undertaken in order to obtain more definite information regarding their purity and viability. Because of the close similarity in their nature and uses, both acidophilus and bulgaricus preparations have been included

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