90 PATHOGENIC BACTERIA.
mixed up in a drop of sterile bouillon or water and ex-
In the early days of study efforts were made to facili-
tate the observation of bacteria by the use of carmin and
hematoxylon. Both of these reagents tinge the proto-
plasm of the organisms a little, but so unsatisfactorily
that since Weigert introduced the anilin dyes for the
purpose both of these tissue-stains have been rejected.
The affinity between the bacteria and the anilin dyes is
peculiar, and many times is so certain a reaction as to-
become an essential factor in the differentiation of
For the study of bacteria in the stained condition we
now employ the anilin dyes only. These wonderful
colors, as numerous as the rainbow hues, are coal-tar-
products. Hiippe classifies them as follows :
A. Dyes prepared from anilin oil.
1. Oxidation-products of pure anilin :
Chlorhydrin blue (basic indulin).
2. Oxidation-products of pure toluol :
3. Oxidation-products of mixed anilin and toluol r
(a) Rosanilin. When pure this is triamido-
Fuchsin—rosanilin hydrochlorate. It is
often mixed with the acetate and the
pararosanilin acetate and hydrochlo-
rate. The pure rosanilin hydrochlorate-
should always be chosen for purposes of
Azalein is rosanilin nitrite.
Methylized and ethylized rosanilin :
(£) Pararosanilin. The colorless pure para-
rosanilin is triamido-triphenyl-karbinol.