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April 6, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(14):971-972. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470140041008

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Elsewhere in this issue of The Journal will be found an abstract of a recent lecture by Prof. H. R. Gaylord, of the state cancer laboratory at Buffalo, N. Y. In this he announces his success in inoculating cancer by means of the organism described by him in 1899, and which was subsequently found, by Plimmer, also to be present in the majority of cancers examined. The pleomorphism of the organism, which was supposed for a time to be a yeast germ, has hindered its early recognition, but it appears that with the methods now available it can be readily demonstrated by any bacteriologist and its animal nature confirmed. Dr. Gaylord does not claim the exclusive right to be considered the discoverer of this germ. He credits Sjoebring, Pfeiffer, Plimmer. San Felice, and others with having had their share, but he has correlated their investigations with his own and has

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