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Since the experiments of Petri and Cleves-Symmer have demonstrated that by bacteriologic test, what long before appeared to be probable on the base of clinical observation, namely, that the atmosphere has practically no bearing upon infection, but that the human body is invaded by bacteria by contact; in other words, by the wounding instrument, by the hands of the surgeon, by clothing or by the skin of the patient, the question of operating inside the hospital has entered a new stage.
As besides Lister, the father of modern wound treatment, there is still a considerable number of surgeons who maintain that the atmosphere has at least some bearing upon infection, I thought it to be well worth while to refer to the experiments alluded to from a strictly surgical standpoint.
Petri fixed the special forms of microbes suspended in the atmosphere and ascertained at the same time the number of
BECK C. ON SOME POINTS IN REGARD TO STERILIZATION IN PRIVATE DWELLINGS, WITH THE DEMONSTRATION OF SOME NEW ASEPTIC APPLIANCES. JAMA. 1895;XXV(4):134–136. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430300006002a
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