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July 19, 1930

PRIORITY AS TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE STEENBOCK PROCESS OF ANTIRACHITIC ACTIVATION

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Madison, Wis.

JAMA. 1930;95(3):220. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720030050029

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In recent publications (The Journal, April 12, p. 1163, June 14, p. 1885), Dr. Alfred F. Hess has laid claim to prior rights to the discovery of the antirachitic activation of foods and medicinals by ultraviolet radiation. I regret exceedingly that Dr. Hess should feel the necessity for an argumentative presentation because my statement that "experiments of Hess and his co-workers followed ours closely" (The Journal, Dec. 14, 1929, p. 1868) was made editorially, merely to call attention to the fact that Dr. Hess had secured similar results, with no emphasis whatever on the word "followed."Actually, however, it may be true that subconsciously I was guided in the choice of my words by the fact that Dr. Hess, according to his own statement, carried out his experiments in the winter of 1923-1924. He bases his claims for priority on an address delivered before the American Pediatric

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