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November 12, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(20):1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450200051008

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During the early part of 1898 we published in the Journal an editorial dealing with this subject, in which it was pointed out that the relationship between traumatism and infection possessed an interest not only to the medical man, but also to the lawyer, in that comparatively mild injuries might result in severe infections in so short a space of time that the patient's death might be directly attributed to the accident. As some of the literature covering this matter was quoted in that editorial it is not necessary at present to quote it a second time, but it is interesting to note that very recently two American investigators, Cheesman and Melzer, have published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, a research to determine how far injury of a part rendered it susceptible to infectious processes. We need not quote the tehnique which they employed nor the literature which they

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