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July 2, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(1):34-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500010040007

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More or less severe forms of disease may arise from the consumption of unhealthy meat and meat-products. Outbreaks of this kind would appear rare with us because of the dearth of corresponding observations in periodical literature. Whether instances escape observation because of erroneous diagnosis need not be discussed now. In Europe, especially perhaps in Germany, a number of observations and discoveries have been made that furnish the basis of the present knowledge of these conditions. So-called meat-poisoning and botulismus (sausage-poisoning) are different and distinct forms of disease. In meat-poisoning the meat concerned is derived from diseased cattle suffering from septic and enteric processes, the exact etiology of which merit further study, but in which paratyphoid bacilli play an important part. In the case of cows it may concern puerperal affections, and in calves umbilical infection. The flesh is harmful immediately after slaughtering, and Fischer (Kiel) has pointed out that symptoms

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