The issue of The Journal for April 9th contains a report of the proceedings of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, meeting of February 16, 1887. The discussion of Dr. Burnett's paper turned largely to a consideration of the low forms of life in suppuration and putrefaction. It was intimated that our knowledge of these germs was extremely limited. The question was asked, Is there a microbe of sup-puration? As the whole subject is one of pre-eminent interest aud importance, and as the literature bearing upon it lies scattered through the medical journals of many countries, it may serve a useful purpose to put into tangible form some facts and theories directly related thereto.
Dr. F. J. Rosenbach(Wiesbaden, 1884. "Mikroorganismen bei den Wundinfections krankheiten des Menschen"), writes that there can be no pus without a microorganism; that in all processes of inflammation, with the exception of that occasioned