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April 8, 1905


Author Affiliations

From the Bureau of Government Laboratories (Biological Laboratory), Manila, P. I. MANILA, P. I.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(14):1098-1107. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500410022001f

The happiest results which may follow any research are those which lend themselves to practical application in the prevention or cure of disease, and nearly all of the great advances made in therapeutics are of this class.

Because the progress made in the treatment of intestinal amebiasis since its identification as an independent disease by Osler, Councilman and Lafleur has been of an empirical nature, there has been a long delay in introducing the methods most generally employed at the present time, and these are still far from satisfactory. The differences which exist regarding the treatment of the disease in various places within the geographic belt where it is endemic, have also to a certain extent been brought about by the question as to the rôle which the amebæ play in its causation. Heretofore it has not been possible to be certain in regard to this because of the failure