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To the Editor:
—In regard to crediting achievements to foreign countries, I wish to record a memorandum:Generally, perhaps, it is assumed that the use of tincture of iodin for skin disinfection originated with Grossich and was first recorded by him in the Zentralblatt für Chirurgie, Oct. 31, 1908, p. 1289. As a matter of fact, I began the use of tincture of iodin for the purpose of skin disinfection in the latter part of the year 1905, in my surgical service, and called attention to it in an article entitled "Some of the Uses of Iodin in Surgical Practice" (The Journal, April 14, 1906, p. 1102). Again, I published an article calling attention to the same method in American Medicine, November, 1906.I reviewed the history of the iodin method of skin sterilization in a paper read before the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at Louisville, Ky., in
Cannaday JE. ORIGIN OF THE USE OF IODIN FOR SKIN STERILIZATION. JAMA. 1918;71(24):2016. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600500066024