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Dangers of Infection.

Dr Von, Duhring reports to the ' British Medical Journal,' in a late issue, a case of tuberculosis which was contracted by wearing a pair of earrings. The patient, a girl of fourteen years, removed the earrings from the ears of a young girl who died of consumption, and wore them in her own ears. Soon after an ulcer formed in the left ear, the discharge from which, when examined, was found to contain tubercle bacilli, and a gland in the neck also enlarged and ulcerated. The patient developed pulmonary consumption, and at the dato of the report was sinking rapidly. This case is one of great interest, showing another channel by which the bacilliof tuberculosis may enter the system. The inquiry will naturally suggest itself whether this patient waß not already phthisical at the time she began to wear the carriDgs, and the development of the disease at that time a mero coincidence. This would seem the more probablo from the ago of tho patient, which was fourteen years. Then, too, the report states that these two girls were intimate friends, so that the seed may have been sown during their lifetime. Some yjars ago either of these explanations would, to most minds, have been sufficient; but through the researches of Koch an additional means of determining the question has been made available. This is the detection of the bacilli themselves. The report states that this was done in tho case mentioned, and, as the methods are simple and decisive, there is no reason to doubt the accuracy of the report. The enlargement of the gland in the neck is additional evidence that the earrings were the source of the infection. It would be interesting to know whether the ears of the first pitient were ulcerated or not.

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Dangers of Infection., Evening Star, Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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Dangers of Infection. Evening Star, Issue 7965, 22 July 1889