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January 12, 1889

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1889;XII(2):65-67. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400790029007

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Abstract

(FROM OUR REGULAR CORRESPONDENT.)

N. Y. Academy of Medicine—Acute Traumatic Tetanus—Cerebral Syphilis—New Hospitals—Extra-uterine Fœtus Delivered through the Rectum.

At the December meeting of the Section on Practice of the Academy of Medicine Dr. J. C. Minor presented a valuable contribution on the treatment of acute traumatic tetanus. It was highly philosophical in spirit, and it seems reasonable to suppose that if the principles on which it was based could be carried out generally the present frightful mortality from this disease would be materially lessened.

He assumed at the outset that the disease was the manifestation of a poison due to the tetanus germ and produced by the formation of ptomaines as a sequence of its germ origin. The discoveries of Nicolaier, in 1884, and the subsequent investigations of Carle, Rosenbach, Shakespeare, Brieger, and others, had demonstrated, he said, that tetanus is a blood disease, infectious, inoculable, and having its origin

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