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April 28, 1900

Medical News.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(17):1076-1081. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460170056017

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The constant decrease in the number of medical students in France still continues. From 2212 in 1891, the number rose to 8897 in 1894, and has since then fallen gradually to 8230 this year, which includes 817 foreigners.

Arbitration of Scientific Queries.  —Arbitration has never been applied to scientific questions, but three scientists at Buenos Ayres have agreed to adopt it to decide to which belongs the credit of the discovery of the microbe causing the disease among sheep known as "lombriz" or worms. Dr. Lignières first described it and, later Mercanti and Dessy described another, which Lignières claims is identical with his. The director of the bacteriologic laboratory, Dr. Rivero, has accepted the task of deciding the question after thorough investigation. Dr. Lignières is now experimenting on a large scale with his vaccin against Texas fever—which he calls "bovine malaria"—under the supervision of a committee appointed by the department

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