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April 13, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(15):532-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400920028009

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Meeting of the New York County Medical Association—A Paper on Diphtheria by Dr. J. Lewis Smith—Its Etiology—Mode of Propagation—The Specific Cause received chiefly by Inhalation with the Air—Capability of being Communicated from Man to Animals and the Reverse—Means of Prevention by different Modes of Disinfection, etc.

At the last meeting of the New York County Medical Association Dr. J. Lewis Smith read a paper on The Cause, Mode of Propagation, and Prevention of Diphtheria. Stating that, although the belief that this disease is of microbic origin is constantly being strengthened by the investigations made in regard to it, it is still a matter of doubt what microbe (or possibly microbes), is the causal agent, he first gave an admirable résumé of the bacteriology of the subject, as developed by various observers during the last twenty years. It was, he said, the conclusions of Drs. Curtis and

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