Case of Large Hydatid Tumour of the Omentum Treated Successfully by a Free Incision, with Antiseptic Precautions

T. Annandale
1877 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
Jan. 27, I877.] THE BRITISH MEDICAL OVRNAL. 99 the other tube give way ? When we came to examine it, a little pinhole was found at the bottom of the chamber, and through that pinhole the germs got in. Here is a melon infusion; and, in order to show you what would have occurred if the infusions had not been protected from the floating dust of the atmosphere, we have hung beside this case two tubes that have been exposed to the common air and have fallen into a a state of utter rottenness. In
more » ... rottenness. In this way, from the Jodrell Laboratory at Kew, we have had these cases returned with their infusions perfectly intact. Even in our infected atmosphere, when we subject our infusions to experimental conditions sufficiently stringent, we are able entirely to shut out contamination, and to show that spontaneous generation never occurs. When we get clear of our atmosphere altogether, this is a matter of perfect ease and facility; and we find in Kew Gardens that nature runs her normal course.
doi:10.1136/bmj.1.839.99 fatcat:uhgmjopt7zdzxor7d3e533ekeq