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March 11, 1899

Oysters and Bacteria.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(10):557-558. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450370043008

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London, Eng., Feb. 25, 1899.

To the Editor:  —The committee upon the relation between oysters and disease which was appointed three years ago, has just made its final report to the Royal Society through two of its members, Professors Herdman and Boyce, and while their preliminary conclusions and partial reports have already been discussed in our columns (vide Journal, p. 1484, 1898), complete findings seem of such interest as to merit further comment.The chief interest centers in the bacteriologic part of the report, in view of the bad name which has been given to oysters of late years as carriers of typhoid fever. Although Drs. Herdman and Boyce found no typhoid bacilli in any of the oysters they examined, due partly at least to the fact that they did not succeed in obtaining any from beds known to be contaminated by sewage or suspected of typhoid, yet there was

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