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Notes on actinomycosis, and its transmissibility to the human subject

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Barnard, Charles E (1890) Notes on actinomycosis, and its transmissibility to the human subject. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 254-259. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

I refer to the question of the transmissibility of
some bovine diseases to human beings by the consumption of
the meat of diseased animals.
The primary object of my paper is to show that there is
prevalent amongst the cattle in Tasmania, as well as in the
adjacent colonies, from which we obtain a large proportion of
our meat supply, a disease which resembles tuberculosis in
some respects, but differs from it in the specific micro-organism
that is the cause of the disease, and yet, like tuberculosis, is
transmissible to the human subject, and is almost as
distressing in its consequences.
Soon after the publication of the discovery of the
actinomyces or ray-fungus iu diseased cattle, the same
vegetable parasite was found in man; and it was then seen
that the tumours in the bovine species presented great
similarity to those found in the human subject, leading to the
presumption that it was identically the same disease.
It has been shown by experiment that the introduction of
the fungus by inoculation into a calf has produced swellings
which contained the characteristic clubs of the fungus, thus
suggesting that this disease can be transmitted by direct
inoculation.
Many similar experiments have been made with a view to
prove the transmissibility of this vegetable parasite from
animal to animal, and in the majority of cases with a positive
result.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 254-259
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2013 22:50
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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