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September 5, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(10):271. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391090019005

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During the past year Lustgarten has described a form of bacillus which he regards as pathogenic of syphilis. It is about the size and in general appearance similar to the bacillus of tuberculosis. He found it in the secretions from ulcers and in sections of hard chancre and mucus patches. Lustgarten has also recommended methods of coloration which he believes to be absolutely characteristic.

In the Bulletin de l' Académie de Médecine, for August 4, is a résumé, by Prof. Cornil, of the work of MM. Alvarez and Tavel, who undertook, at his suggestion, a series of control observations upon those of Lustgarten, the results of which are of much interest. They found a bacillus, in various normal secretions of the organism, which in form and colorreactions appears to be identical with Lustgarten's bacillus of syphilis. They discovered the bacillus 33 times in 55 cases of hard chancre and other

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