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November 28, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(22):1873-1874. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540220045008

The sad death of Dr. Thomas M. Wilson,1 of Chicago, from acute glanders, in all probability contracted while engaged in experimental work with glanders bacilli, again illustrates the peculiarly grave dangers that surround workers with this bacillus. Probably no other germ has caused so many fatal laboratory infections, and the list of bacteriologists who are known to have lost their lives from accidental infection while studying the glanders bacillus is a long one, and no doubt it would be considerably longer still were it possible to collate all the cases of this kind. And then, too, there are also instances of final recovery after prolonged illness acquired in the course of laboratory work.

In some of the cases it is tolerably well known just how the occasion for infection arose, as, for example, through the breaking of a tube containing a culture of the bacillus and the spreading of