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June 28, 1890

A DANGER IN THE USE OF JEQUIRITY HERETOFORE UNMENTIONED.Read in the Section of Ophthalmology, at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(26):930. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410260014002d

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I was one of the first to combat Sattler's theory of the bacterial origin of jequiritic conjunctivitis. I was making experiments with the bean, clinically and microscopically, about the time this theory was promulgated, and I had reasons for non-concurring. They were: First, the fresh infusion of jequirity was found to be more powerful than the old, and no bacteria could ever be found in the fresh infusion; second, in old infusions of the other leguminosæ similar bacteria were discovered, and in greater numbers than in the jequiritic infusion, and yet they were without effect on the conjunctiva. It is now well agreed that the peculiar property of jequirity resides in the bean and is not derived from any other source. Strange to say, however, this principle has never been isolated by the chemist. The infusion being perfectly bland, only possessing in a marked degree the narcotic odor belonging to

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