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August 30, 1902

THE HISTORY OF THE MICROBE OF EPIDEMIC DYSENTERY.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(9):496. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480350034010
Abstract

In a communication to the Academy of Medicine in Paris, Chantemesse1 reviews some of the early work in connection with the bacillus of dysentery. In 1888 Cornil presented to the Academy for Chantemesse and Widal a communication entitled "The Microbe of Epidemic Dysentery." In this paper is described the characteristics of the bacillus, its presence in the stools and the mesenteric glands of a dysenteric patient, and its absence from the stools of individuals free from dysentery. These observations were made on the body of a dysenteric patient in Tonkin. In 1895 Celli published an extensive article on the bacillus of dysentery, in which he stated that the bacillus studied by him had the same characteristics as that described by Chantemesse and Widal; and in 1898 appeared the epochal work of the Japanese bacteriologist, Shiga, describing the constant finding of a definite bacillus in sixty-two cases of dysentery. Chantemesse

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