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December 24, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(26):757. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420260023007

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The practical value of bacteriology is now questioned no longer. The invaluable services which this young science has rendered preventive medicine by placing disinfection and sanitation upon a sound basis; the immense benefit it has brought to antiseptic and aseptic surgery and obstetrics by clearly defining the exact indications for, and the most reliable methods of sterilization; the positiveness in diagnosis which the actual demonstration of the specific cause of a disease affords; and the protective inoculation with attenuated cultures against infectious diseases in the domestic animals—these are results of bacteriological researches of such practical value as to satisfy the highest expectations of the enthusiast of a few years ago.

To-day bacteriology is about to revolutionize medicine by elaborating a specific treatment of the infectious diseases.

The demonstration that pathogenic bacteria are virulent on account of their chemical products and the study of the toxines and toxalbumens of infectious diseases

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