First and Second Reports of the Special Committee Appointed by the Executive Board of the N.Y. State Agricultural Society

First and Second Reports of the Special Committee Appointed by the Executive Board of the N.Y. State Agricultural Society

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...virulent infection. Strange as the announcement of such a doctrine, mysterious as the conversion or cooperation of such agencies may be; they do not afl'ord so great a puzzle to the understanding, as that by which we are called upon to account for the first developed case of any contagion, whether of small pox or cholera in the human race, or of any of the deadly murrains in the bovine. We state the difficulty which is experienced in the-scientific world, without insisting upon any theory, conjectural or imaginary. It is enough to dispel existing delusions which trace the sources of contagion solely to malarious vapors or atmospherical degenerations, or again, to active animal or vegetable parasites, or to any other source than that of poisonous vitalized germs. It is impossible to deny the vitality of.pus corpuscles in ophthalmia, in the public nurseries or hospitals provided for children; or of their minute offsets (revealed with wondrous power of subdivision under the microscope), as they are transported through the air, remain dormant on clothes, communicated by towels, until they reach, the conjunctiva, prepared, in under-tone or by morbid process, for the supply of nutrient matter for these putrid germs. The statistics of surgical cases in our armies during the late war confirm the observations made elsewhere, that pus globules invade the system of one recovering from the primary effects of wounds or amputation, and carry him oft' with pyaemia.-Like observations as to syphilitic or gonorrhoeal pus, the poisonous matter of puerperal fever, or the more familiar illustration of vaccine lymph, give confirmation suited to the general mind of the theoretic views we have advanced, and which are so thoroughly supported by the...
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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236788605
  • 9781236788603