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November 15, 1884

An Important Demonstration in Microbiology.

JAMA. 1884;III(20):547-549. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390690015004

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—Whilst a good number of the profession require no word of caution in reference to the too hasty adoption of theories relative to bacteria as a causative element in the development of disease, yet from the recklessness with which the terms " septic " and " antiseptic," "germs" and "germicides" are used by some writers, the caution-signal is certainly not unnecessary; and experiments published by Dr. C. J. Salomonsen and J. Christmas Dirckinck-Holmfeld, from the Bacteriological Laboratory of Copenhagen, substantiate the value of the admonition. It will be remembered that after a series of experiments, Sattler, of Erlangen, published a statement to show that the active inflammation developed in the eye by the use of jequirity infusion was due to the presence of a bacillus. The exposure of this error as demonstrated by the two observers above mentioned, is detailed in the Journal on p. 613, Ool.II, in the domestic correspondence. The position

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