It would doubtless be premature, at this time, to accept the germ theory of malaria as a demonstration; but it may be received as a "good working hypothesis," and a trusty guide to the treatment, which to my mind it greatly simplifies.
The treatment of malarial diseases, is so old a subject, that it is after some hesitation that I have concluded to obtrude it on your attention. Yet, when we remember that hundreds of deaths occur, every year, in our State, from this cause, every one of which ought to be prevented, we may well give to it our earnest attention. Not until it is so well and so generally understood, that every case treated shall be cured, will it be out of order to discuss it.
For the present, let us assume that the malarial poison consists of living organisms which, having gained access to the circulation are
SHIBLEY JS. THE TREATMENT OF MALARIAL AILMENTS FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE GERM THEORY. JAMA. 1885;V(16):428–429. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391150008002c
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