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Full text of "Pathogenic Bacteria"

CHAPTER  II.
TYPHOID FEVER.

THE bacillus of typhoid fever (Fig. 105) was discovered
by Eberth and Koch in 1880,  and was first secured in

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FIG.   105.—Bacillus  typhi,  from  a  twenty-four-hours-old agar-agar  culture;

x 650 (Heim).

pure  culture from  the spleen  and  affected  lymphatic
glands by Gaffky four years later.

The organism is a small, short bacillus about 1-3 ^
(2-4^ Chantemesse, Widal) in length and 0.5-0.8^ broad
(Sternberg). The ends are rounded, and it is rather ex-
ceptional for the bacilli to be united in chains, though
this arrangement is common in potato cultures. The
size and morphology vary distinctly with the nature of
the culture-medium and the age of the culture. Thoinot
and Masselin in describing these morphological peculi-
arities mention that when grown in bouillon it is a very
slender bacillus; in milk it is a large bacillus; upon
agar-agar and potato it is very thick and short; and in
old gelatin cultures it forms very long filaments.

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