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November 5, 1960


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JAMA. 1960;174(10):1348. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030100116035

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To the Editor:—  I was interested in the editorial, "If the Cat Scratches," in The Journal, Aug. 13, page 1665. There is, however, one error, historically, in this editorial. It is stated that Foshay first prepared a skin-test antigen for the diagnosis of the disease. This is incorrect. When Dr. Frank MacMurray and I first became interested in this disease we had extensive correspondence with Dr. Foshay and with Dr. Franklin H. Hanger, Presbyterian Hospital, New York. In our paper, read before the Association of American Physicians, May 1, 1951, we covered the information concerning development of the antigen. This paper was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, December, 1951, page 736. In that paper we stated that Dr. Hanger had a skin lesion on the finger which developed after gardening. There was a cat in the household, but Dr. Hanger had no history of scratch. He developed suppurative

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