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Article
July 1937

EFFECT OF SALTS ON CERTAIN PATHOGENIC FUNGI

Author Affiliations

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

From the Department of Biology and Public Health and the Homberg Memorial Infirmary, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(1):14-18. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480010018002
Abstract

In the present work we have studied the inhibiting effect of the anions of the Hofmeister series1 on pathogenic fungi. The series are arranged as follows: citrate, tartrate, sulfate, acetate, chloride, nitrate, chlorate, iodide and thiocyanate, the order being determined according to ability to salt out a solution of albumin. The cation employed was sodium.

Only a few studies2 were found in the literature relative to effects of salts on fungi, and these dealt with saprophytes. In 1922 Falk3 made an exhaustive review of the biologic effects of salts on organisms, including bacteria. Recently Winslow4 reviewed work relative to the inhibitory effects of salts on bacteria, paying, however, less attention to anions than to cations. In a previous paper, one of us5 incorporated sodium chloride and potassium iodide of different concentrations in solid mediums but found that the agar with the potassium iodide would not

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