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September 14, 1889

THE ORIGIN OF PUS.Read in the Section of Dental and Oral Surgery at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(11):370-376. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401080010001b

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It is the gift of genius to foresee discoveries even for centuries. Such a genius was John Hunter, of London, who toward the end of the last century, merely upon the ground of speculation and ratiocination, made the assertion that inflammation is nothing more than a return of the tissues to embryonic condition. And our present knowledge of the process of inflammation and suppuration is a strong proof, supported by careful researches of good pathologists of Germany and England, that Hunter's theory was the correct one.

Since microscopy became a science (a period covered by half a century) the views concerning the intimate nature of the inflammatory process have been greatly at variance. These views largely depend upon the general ground taken by pathologists in reference to the pathological processes at large. We have three marked phases in the development of pathology within the last fifty years. The first is

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