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August 8, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(6):157. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391050017005

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In another column we give, through the courtesy of the Illinois State Board of Health, the report of Prof. Long, of the Chicago Medical College, on the diseased meat which was spoken of in our editorial of July 25, as having caused severe illness at Momence.

It will be seen that the opinions then expressed as to the cause of the illness are borne out by Prof. Long's examination. It will be remembered that none of the symptoms in those cases were such as could be attributed to the direct influence of microorganisms; though it is highly probable that bacteria were the indirect cause, by leading in some way, not yet known, to the formation of ptomaines.

So far as we are aware, this is the first case in which ptomaines have been systematically sought for and found by an American chemist. Great credit is due to Prof. Long for

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