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This reprint from the Bulletin of the History of Medicine makes available one of the most important essays in the history of bacteriology. First published in 1872, it appeared when Pasteur was in the midst of his studies on fermentation and spontaneous generation and when Koch was still an unknown physician.
Bacteria: The Smallest of Living Organisms (1872). JAMA. 1939;113(8):711. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330077045
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