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September 19, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(12):333-334. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391110025009

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The Principles of Listerism — Experiments with Trichinosed Meat—Intra-Uterine Injections of Perchloride of Iron Solutions in Metrorrhagia—A Plaster Model of the Brain—Disposal of Débris of Cadavers.

In his opening address in the course of clinical surgery at the Necker Hospital, Professor Le Fort chose for his subject the principles of Listerism, or the modern system of antiseptic treatment in surgery, which he has just published under the title of "Les Pansements et la Mortalité." After examining in this essay the results of treatment of wounds and of the puerperal state from the earlier part of this century, he concludes that a large mortality used to be looked upon as inevitable, and supposed to be brought about by atmospheric influences, or by some agent whose nature was undefinable. The author believes that he was the first to indicate clearly that contagion was the sole cause of the

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