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July 23, 1887

GLANDERS IN THE HUMAN SUBJECT—WITH A CASE.Read before the Section of Practice of Medicine, Materia Medica and Physiology, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(4):110-115. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400030014002b

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Glanders is essentially an equine disease, and found among horses, asses and mules the world over. The names equinia and farcy are also given to this malady. Aristotle described a disease identical with this, among the horses of his time. Its prevalence in any country is said to increase from 50 to 100 per cent. during and after a war. As to its spontaneity veterinarians do not agree. Some aver that every case is to be traced to some other case, as in measles or small-pox in man; others deny this, claiming that, under favoring circumstances, it originates de novo. All agree that there is a glanders bacillus, but do not agree as to whether it is the cause or concomitant of the disease.

It is not in the province of this paper to discuss this point at length; but I cannot let it pass without calling attention to the

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