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To the Editor:—
The publication of "Stomach Lavage in the Diagnosis of... Tuberculosis" by Stadnichenko, Cohen and Sweany in the February 24 issue of The Journal reminds me again that workers in the field of tuberculosis seem to be oblivious of the earliest American work on the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis by recovery of tubercle bacilli from the stomach contents.In the recent article it is erroneously stated that in 1931 Vilhelm Clausen had the distinction of being the first to report results in adults. All recent writers seem to be unaware of the fact that sixteen years before that date a paper entitled "Tubercle Bacilli in Stomach Contents" appeared in the Archives of Diagnosis (8:154 [April] 1915), a journal now defunct. The senior author, Prof. I. H. Levy, of Syracuse, N. Y., is entitled to full credit for the idea. I was his assistant at the time and
Kantor JL. STOMACH LAVAGE IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOSIS. JAMA. 1940;114(15):1478. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810150064026