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To the Editor:
—At this time, when so much recognition is being given to specificity and selective localization of bacteria, it is of interest to know that John Hunter in 1786 had this to say in "A Treatise on the Venereal Disease":There are some parts much more susceptible of specific disease than others. Poisons take their different seats in the body as if allotted for them. Thus we have the skin attacked with what are vulgarly called scorbutic eruptions, and many other diseases; it is also the seat of the small-pox and the measles; the throat is the seat of the hydrophobia and the hooping-cough. The scofula attacks the absorbent system, especially the glands. The breasts, testicles, and the conglomerate glands are the seat of cancer. The skin, throat, and nose, are more readily affected by the lues venerea than the bones and periosteum, which, on the other hand,
Nixon PI. JOHN HUNTER ON VENEREAL DISEASE. JAMA. 1933;101(10):796. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350054028