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March 18, 1899

A POSSIBLE GERM OF SMALLPOX.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(11):619. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450380049011

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Abstract

The Indiana Medical Journal for March states that Drs. W. T. S. Dodds and Theodore Potter of the Medical College of Indiana, have been utilizing the present (or recent) smallpox excitement in Indianapolis to try to find the germ of the disorder. As it says, " their findings are, at least, interesting, although this must be an old and well-studied problem in the great pathologic laboratories of the medical colleges, both at home and abroad." They report finding a constant bacillus in the vaccin vesicles of the seventh and eighth days, which grows in pure cultures and is not morphologically conformable with any other form known to them and requires special staining methods. They have also found, it is stated, an apparently identic bacillus in smallpox pustules, reacting to the same stains and morphologically the same, also similar to a bacillus grown from vaccin lymph taken from hermetically sealed tubes. They

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