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December 17, 1898

OYSTERS AND DISEASE GERMS.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(25):1484-1485. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450250042006

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Abstract

There are probably few persons of any taste who doubt the wholesomeness of oysters, though the question has been raised and extensively discussed in times past. In the light of modern germ theories it again comes to the front, and the possibility of their conveying disease has to be seriously considered. Three or four years ago an epidemic of typhoid among the students of an eastern college was credited to the ingestion of oysters that had been taken from sewage contaminated water, and some similar experiences in Great Britain led to the appointment of a committee of the British Association for the Advancement of Science to investigate the matter and report results. This committee, consisting of Professors Herdman (chairman), Boyce and Sherrington, Dr. C. A. Kohn and Mr. G. C. Bourne, has this year made the third and final report, the substance of which is given in Science of November

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