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January 1923

EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF A PATHOGENIC ACIDFAST ACTINOMYCETE (NOCARDIA)

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the Department of Pathology and Bacteriology, University of Illinois, College of Medicine.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1923;7(1):1-13. doi:10.1001/archderm.1923.02360070002001
Abstract

Bollinger (1877) and Nocard (1888) discovered the organisms Actinomyces and Streptothrix or Nocardia, respectively, in animals. Later, Wolff and Israel (1891) and Eppinger (1890) found similar organisms in human beings. Thereafter, from time to time, many publications have appeared giving data useful for the identification of organisms of this type. The literature is very extensive.

Sometime ago, an organism of this general character was isolated from a patient at St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago. Baugher,1 at that time, recorded the history and gave a brief description of the organism. The strain was put aside for the purpose of making a more complete experimental study at a later time.

SOURCE OF THE ORGANISM  This organism was isolated from a woman, aged about 55, who complained of subcutaneous abscesses localized chiefly on the extremities, which she attributed to wounds made by the prick of rose thorns and cactus plants, with which she

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