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January 12, 1907

Priority in Use of Atoxyl.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(2):152. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520280064014

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Liverpool, Dec. 21, 1906.

To the Editor:  —Reports have been repeatedly published of late which ascribe to Dr. Koch the discovery of a drug, atoxyl, which has a curative action in the treatment of human trypanosomiasis. The London Times has copied an article to this effect from the Cologne Gazette, and the London Standard has printed a similar article from its Berlin correspondent. These articles have been widely circulated and they lead the public to believe that Dr. Koch was the first to use this remedy in trypanosomiasis. It may be of interest to your readers to know that the beneficial action of atoxyl in experimental trypanosomiasis was discovered by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and that its use has been steadily and publicly advocated by the staff of this school for the past year and a half. The first work of Dr. Thomas on this use of atoxyl

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