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To the Editor: I read with interest your article on Reticulose in the American Journal of Diseases of Children for May. Dr. Ralph Thompson and I published an initial series of 5 cases of viral infections treated with Reticulose in 1957. Dr. Thompson is a pathologist who has retired from the army and is now working at Alexandria Hospital. Before retirement he was chief of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. While in the Army he participated in experiments in which monkeys with irradiation injury were treated with Reticulose to raise the depressed white blood cell count. They found that the monkeys not treated with Reticulose died of viral pneumonia and that those treated with Reticulose survived. This was the basis for trying Reticulose in the treatment of viral infections.
In our original article we mentioned that this was a preliminary report and that further studies should be done. By this we meant
ANDERSON RH. AN EARLY AUTHOR COMMENTS ON RETICULOSE. Am J Dis Child. 1962;104(3):321. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080030323018