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April 16, 1887

LETTER FROM PARIS.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(16):444. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391410024009

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

Antiseptic Pulmonary Medication—Pathogenesis of Renal Congestion—Hypnotic Anœsthesia.

In a lecture on "Antiseptic Pulmonary Medication," recently delivered, Prof. Dujardin-Beaumetz says, that antiseptic pulmonary medication, such as it may be imagined in an ideal manner, constitutes the most important therapeutic measure for pulmonary affections. The air being the greatest factor of the contagiousness of diseases, if one could succeed in removing from it the infectious germs which it contains, one would have rendered the greatest service to medicine and to hygiene. Thanks to the interesting researches of M. Pasteur, and to the patient investigations of Dr. Miquel, we know the number of microbes contained in a limited volume of air, and we know that the greater part of these microorganisms are aërobies, that is to say, they require oxygen to live and develop. Whilst on the summit of Mont Blanc, microbes are rarely found in the air, in

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