Abelous (Revue de Therap. Medico-Chir., April 1, 1890) found sixteen species of microörganisms in his own stomach after fasting; ten of these he asserts could form lactic acid. This has not been corroborated by other similar experiments. Abelous makes no control, nor does he prevent contamination from the mouth and esophagus. In Miller's experiments the stomach contents were secured from a patient who could regurgitate the contents at will at any time. After disinfecting the patient's mouth with bichlorid 1 to 1,000, Miller secured the contents of the stomach. On examination he discovered many microörganisms which he had previously found to be present in the mouth, among these the bacillus lacticus.
The esophagus is a perfect culture bed. Its folds form a favorable nidus for microörganisms. Unless this is specially considered, error may arise, since contamination from the esophagus easily takes place.
The lactic acid forming bacilli can be found
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