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June 6, 1885

LETTER FROM BERLIN.

JAMA. 1885;IV(23):638-640. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390980022007

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Abstract

CHOLERA NOTES.  It is said that in view of the report of the English cholera commission, Koch will shortly leave for India, to investigate further into the vital questions at issue. In addition to Johne, Buchner (Munch Artzl Intell. 1885, 449) also finds such a difference between Koch's and the Finkler-Prior organisms that it is impossible to confound the two. This is especially true of the bacillus when under culture. Koch's culture makes but a slender thread strand, in the gelatine, with ruffled edges; the Finkler-Prior, on the other hand, is quite fat and bulbous.Doyen (Soc. Biol. Dec. 13, 1884) reports many forms of bacteria, in cases of cholera, which he has observed under culture and microscopically. But his report is faulty, his experiments negative, and his conclusions illogical. His cholera bacilli were probably the results of decomposition. Villiers (Comptes Rendus, 1885, 91) has found

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