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Paper, 'On the infectivity of the blood and other fluids in some forms of septic disease, and the reputed occurrence therein of an increase of virulence in successive inoculations' by George F Dowdeswell

Reference number: PP/2/42

Date: 1883

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Dowdeswell writes: 'The remarkable fact that in some cases the blood of an animal, intoxicated with putrid matter, becomes itself “infective,” capable of reproducing in other animals those symptoms which have occurred in it, though previously asserted by others, was first conclusively demonstrated in 1866 by MM. Coze and Felt in France who further stated that in successive inoculations from one animal to another of the same species, such blood acquires a progressive increase of virulence, becoming more toxical than putrid matter itself, and that death follows inoculation with increasing rapidity.'

Annotations in pencil and ink throughout.

Subject: Pathology

Received 15 January 1883. Read 18 January 1883. Communicated by Michael Foster.

A version of this paper was published in volume 34 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the infectivity of the blood and other fluids in some forms of septic disease, and the reputed occurrence therein of an increase of virulence in successive inoculations'.

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PP/2/42
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1883
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Ink and graphite pencil on paper
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26 pages
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Manuscript

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George F Dowdeswell

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George F Dowdeswell, Paper, 'On the infectivity of the blood and other fluids in some forms of septic disease, and the reputed occurrence therein of an increase of virulence in successive inoculations' by George F Dowdeswell, 1883, PP/2/42, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/pp_2_42/paper-on-the-infectivity-of-the-blood-and-other-fluids-in-some-forms-of-septic-disease-and-the-reputed-occurrence-therein-of-an-increase-of-virulence-in-successive-inoculations-by-george-f-dowdeswell, accessed on 25 June 2024

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