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May 31, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(22):613-614. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390450025014

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Erroneous impressions about the influence of microbes is greatly to be deprecated, and by no one is this more keenly felt than by those who sincerely wish to give the microbe its due influence either for the weal or woe of the human race. It is consequently with regret that we find in the address of the Chairman of the Section of Practical Medicine of the American Medical Association, that the influence of the jequirity is said to be of special importance because "in it we have pressed into our service the ubiquitious microbe, which is receiving at present so much attention." See address Vol. I, No. 19, p. 517. This position taken by Sattler, and supported by Cornil and Berlioz, has been so completely overthrown by Neisser, of Berlin, and Salomonsen and Dirckinck—Holmfeld, of Copenhagen, and the question itself is of such intrinsic interest, that whilst the matter is

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