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To the Editor:—
Referring to the editorial in The Journal, January 6, on bovine tuberculosis, I may be able to add something of interest as I was in the thick of it twenty-three years ago when health officer in this city. On my arrival here from Chicago in 1902 I was amazed to see the large number of children, estimated at about 15 per cent, from 1 to 15 years of age, afflicted with what is now known to be bovine adenitis. This condition continued to increase until 1911, as the etiology had not been definitely settled. I began the search at once on my appointment as health officer, and having seen many cattle with lumpy necks and recalling Dr. Jenner's experience with smallpox, I had a veterinary surgeon give tuberculin tests to the cows and they proved to be positive. The crucial test solved the enigma and the milk
Janes SM. BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS. JAMA. 1934;102(10):787-788. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750100053026