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May 25, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(21):2139. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210071027

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, April 13, page 1478, Dr. Kantor registered a complaint that workers in general, and we in particular (Stadnichenko, Cohen and Sweany: Stomach Lavage in the Diagnosis and Control of Treatment of Tuberculosis, ibid., February 24, p. 634), did not give credit to Dr. Levy and himself for their work on tubercle bacilli in stomach contents. In 1915 Levy and Kantor (Tubercle Bacilli in Stomach Contents, Arch. Diagnosis8:154 [April] 1915), seventeen years after the original work of Meunier was published (Bacilloscopie des crachats extraits de l'estomac pour le diagnostic de la tuberculose pulmonaire de l'enfant, Presse méd.2:81, 1898), observed tubercle bacilli in the gastric contents of a tuberculous patient and "succeeded in demonstrating the organisms in this fashion in two other cases." No history or x-ray, clinical and laboratory examinations were mentioned in the three cases other than a mere mention

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