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"We have no better means of combating the cholera to-day than at any time since it became known to civilization, a thousand years ago," said a distinguished physician in a recent number of the Review of Reviews. The medical profession therefore stands confronted with the appalling fact that hitherto all theories of this disease have been so misleading, and all forms of treatment have proved so worthless, that longer to trust them would be little less than criminal. Better theories and practice are urgently demanded.
The bacillus theory of Dr. Robert Koch, which was so eagerly grasped at, is now found to be fallacious. Dr. Koch himself admits that comma-shaped germs are found in the common diarrheas of summer everywhere, and he tells us: "Water, from whatever source, very frequently, not to say invariably, contains comma-shaped organisms." He is not ignorant of the fact that these bacilli are found in
ROGERS HR. CHOLERA; ITS NATURE AND ITS CURE. JAMA. 1893;XXI(14):496–497. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420660026001h
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