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July 23, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(4):124-125. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400030028014

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Dear Sir:  In The Journal of June 18, 1887, p. 676, in the body of the "Address in Medicine" by Dr. J. S. Lynch, I find the following (I do not wish to be regarded as a champion of the Bergeon treatment of tuberculosis):For, admitting all that is claimed as to the agency of microbes in setting up and keeping up disease processes, it must be remembered that they are biologically as high in the plane of life, and if all experiments can be believed, have a higher resisting power than the cells which compose the living elements of our tissues. Any germicide therefore, which can destroy the one, must inevitably destroy the other.I am of the opinion that the above reasoning is faulty and would lead young practitioners astray. In vol. xvii, page 662, Ziemssen's Cyclopædia of Practice of Medicine we find the following: " Cases of poisoning

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