An English scientist has designated the present time as the ''bacteriologic era." It has also been properly called "the period of preventive medicine." The reason and propriety of these appellations as together applied to the times, appear in the fact, that the more important advances made in medicine and surgery in late years have been dependent upon, or more or less connected with, discoveries and practical work in bacteriology. The names of scientists who have been and are now engaged in this work of advancement in different countries require no mention. It has been claimed that different characteristics in scientific and practical work have national or provincial origins and belongings; that, for instance, it was for German scientists, by patient investigation, to discover and furnish the foundation-material, to be utilized largely by practical workmen of other nations. In this country it is remembered when in medicine and surgery the making
STAPLES F. THE IMPORTANCE OF BACTERIOLOGY IN THE PROGRESS OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(22):1281–1284. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450220016002g
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