It can be safely assumed that the marvelous evidences of progress which the world has witnessed during the last quarter of a century in the science of medicine, especially in the department of clinical medicine and surgery, in very great measure may be justly attributed to the discovery of the relationship which exists either directly or indirectly between certain diseases and a comparatively small group of micro-organisms which are now known to be pathogenic. Out of this application of bacteriology or microscopic botany to the practice of medicine has been developed our present aseptic and antiseptic methods of wound treatment and also our therapeutics of many infectious diseases. The knowledge that we now have of the causes of infection in wounds we owe to the genius of Lister, who has taught us also how we may securely guard against suppuration and other germinduced pathologic conditions. Similarly Pasteur, Koch, Klebs and
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