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September 5, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(10):275-276. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391090023009

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Passage of Pathogenic Microbes from the Mother to Fœtus—The Couveuse—Experiments after Decapitation—Duration of the Excitability of the Brain—The Death of Milne-Edwards.

M. Koubassoff lately made a very interesting communication at the Academy of Sciences relative to the passage of pathogenic microbes from the mother to the fœtus, and of the passage of the parasite of charbon in particular, which has a real practical importance as regards the preservative action of charbon inoculation. The following is a summary of M. Koubassoff's note on the subject: 1. The bacilli of charbon always pass from the mother to the fœtus; 2. The longer the duration of time that elapses between the inoculation of the pregnant female and her death, the more numerous will be the microbes in the fœtus; 3. A greater number of virulent bacilli of charbon than those of the attenuated kind always passes from the mother

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