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April 2, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(14):433-434. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411180025008

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It is generally admitted, that no matter how desirable, it is practically impossible to render the organism aseptic by means of internal antiseptics, or to make it, in this way, an unsuitable field for the growth of microörganisms. An observation by M. Albert Robin, supporting this view, was recently communicated to the Paris Académie de Medicine. A syphilitic woman about forty years of age, had been treated with corrosive sublimate for some time, until apparently thoroughly saturated with this substance. She developed broncho-pneumonia and died, and at the autopsy, staphylococci, streptococci, and other microbes were found in abundance, and growing readily, notwithstanding the mercurialization. This report unfortunately is very indefinite, and can not be criticised intelligently. Robin's standing, however, is a warrant that the observations were properly made. A French physician recently prescribed an aconite granule to a young girl suffering from neuralgia. A quarter of an hour after taking

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