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July 26, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):201-202. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480300025006

The subject of infections with gas-producing organisms has commenced to attract general attention, not only in this country, but also in Germany and elsewhere. Thus Albrecht1 in Gussenbauer's clinic and Stolz2 publish extensive studies of the literature and give the results of personal investigations. The essential outcome of their work is to confirm the observations already made by Fränkel, and especially by Welch and others in this country, as to the importance in these processes of the Bacillus aerogenes capsulatus. In Albrecht's series of cases, many of which occurred after aseptic operations made under, if not ideal, at least highly satisfactory conditions, it was found very likely that infection of fresh wounds may result from atmospheric dust, because on inquiring into the conditions that surrounded the operations followed by these unexpected infections, it was found that repairers had been at work on the roof of the amphitheater and that their hammering