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September 21, 1889

NASAL BACTERIA IN HEALTH.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(12):397-402. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401090001001

The position which microÖrganisms will ultimately take in their relation to the morbid processes of disease has not been determined as yet. Indeed, we seem now only at the beginning of an unknown region in which, possibly, lies hidden the mystery of the etiology of many pathological changes. Encouragement in the region of preventive medicine, under which head we must include all that Listerism has done for surgery, lends zest to the attempts to follow the microbe into the human organism and there annihilate. The almost complete failure thus far has given professional cynics an opportunity for a somewhat galling criticism. These failures are, no doubt, in a large measure due to our as yet very incomplete knowledge of the varying conditions and influences which complicate the relations of microbes to the human organism. Whatever opinion the clinician may have of the part played by them in the etiology of