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H e The Contribution of Louis Pasteur to Medical Bacteriology 27 regarded this organism as the cause of boils. A few months later he was allowed to examine some fresh pus from a case of osteomyelitis when he again isolated a coccoid organism. Limited though the characters of the organism available for study were, Pasteur recognized this as the same organism as he had isolated from boils and confidently announced that osteomyelitis was, in effect, ca furuncle of the bone marrow'! 2 7 Pasteur is not usually credited with the discovery of the Staphylococcus, the honour going to a 37-year-old Aberdeen surgeon, Alexander Ogston.
This organism was undoubtedly the Staphylococcus aureus. Pasteur was able to confirm his original observation on more of Duclaux's boils and on other patients. He also showed that despite the widespread nature of the furunculosis the blood remained sterile. H e The Contribution of Louis Pasteur to Medical Bacteriology 27 regarded this organism as the cause of boils. A few months later he was allowed to examine some fresh pus from a case of osteomyelitis when he again isolated a coccoid organism.
24 A History of Medical Bacteriology and Immunology the epidemiology of anthrax; discovered the causative organism of boils and osteomyelitis as well as that of puerperal fever, and engaged in the general defence of the germ theory before the academy of medicine. Between 1879 and 1881 he was largely occupied working on the attenuation of the microbes causing chicken cholera and anthrax and developing effective prophylactic vaccines. During this period he also contributed to the study of plague, pleuropneumonia, cholera and rouget des porcs.
A History of Medical Bacteriology and Immunology by W. D. Foster