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October 12, 1889

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(15):539-540. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401110033009

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

Tetanus as an Infectious Disease—The Scottish System of Admitting Voluntary Patients into Lunatic Asylums—The Microscopic Examination of Urinary Deposits—The Antiseptic Power of Hydronaphthol—Miscellaneous Notes.

Tetanus as an infectious disease is now attracting a great deal of attention. At a recent medical meeting a member dwelt upon the virulence of the soil when contaminated by the dejections of tetanic horses. He insisted upon the frequency of tetanus in wounds of the lower extremities. Thus, in Havana, it was stated, out of 162 patients suffering from tetanus 132 had contracted it from wounds of the legs and feet. The disease is frequent in persons who after being wounded get in contact with the soil, as in the cases of comminuted fracture, in which the bones are forced into the ground, and crushing of the bare feet, also when the injury is inflicted with an agricultural instrument. Experiments made

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