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April 22, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(16):1283-1284. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500430047006

In the routine examination of pathologic material for bacteria very little emphasis, as a rule, is given to the detection and isolation of anaërobic organisms. This may be due to the very prevalent idea in medicine that the anaërobes, barring two or three rare forms, are of practically no importance in the production of pathologic lesions, and also to the fact that the cultivation of anaërobes is considered a complicated and difficult procedure. For a number of years past the French, especially, have called attention to the important rôle that this class of organisms plays in many of the most common affections in which the ordinary pus bacteria are thought to be exclusively concerned. Beginning with the work of Veillon,1 and followed by the researches of a number of investigators, much important information has been added to our knowledge of putrid and gangrenous suppurations and to the part played