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August 28, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(9):444-446. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440350042006

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We have been much interested in the account given by Sanarelli of his bacillus icteroides, the recently announced vera causa of yellow fever. We have had so many announcements during the past twenty years of the discovery of this germ that we may be excused for hesitating to accept the cry, "Eureka!" Nevertheless Sanarelli's claim to the identification of the bacillus appears to have been based on satisfactory experimentation and to have met with official acknowledgment in South America, if we may credit newspaper accounts of a $10,000 premium awarded him for his discovery.

He found his bacillus mixed with the coli bacillus, staphylococci or streptococci, or he was unable to find it owing to the cadavers being invaded by other microbes which caused the total disappearance of the specific bacillus. He found it in the circulating blood and in the interior of the tissues, but never in the gastro-intestinal

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