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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
An Important Demonstration in Microbiology. JAMA. 1884;III(20):547–549. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390690015004
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