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October 4, 1884

Bacteria as the Cause of Suppuration.

JAMA. 1884;III(14):382-383. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390630018003

—The latest report to the Scientific Grants Committee of the British Medical Association has been made by W. Watson Cheyne on Micrococci in Relation to Wounds, Abscesses and Septic Processes.1 It is of interest, as although the experiments described were made to test the correctness of the views advanced by Dr. Ogston in regard to the same subject some time ago, they do not agree with his conclusions. Dr. Ogston has affirmed that micrococci are present in all acute abscesses, indeed wherever suppuration is present or imminent except when it is caused by burns or blisters. He also believes that the common micrococci that exist in the intestines are one and the same with the virulent forms that excite inflammation, but as they do not readily grow in oxygen and lose their virulence when grown in it, they do not always excite morbid action. If, however, they are grown

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