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To the Editor:
—Anent the article by Dr. George Homan in The Journal, May 11, 1918, on "Protection Against Lice," a quotation from an old book on "Plague and Yellow Fever" in my possession may be of interest. The title page of this book has been lost so I cannot give either the name of the author or the date of its publication; but from references and quotations it was probably printed about the year 1800 and it has the long f-like letter s. Under the head of the treatment of plague, on page 341, the author says:But of late a discovery has been made of a surprising power in heated oil of removing this disease, insomuch that, if we can believe what has been published of it, we must suppose it to be little less than a specific. So great indeed has been the confidence put in this
Dickinson SW. OIL INUNCTION IN PREVENTION OF PLAGUE: A SUGGESTION OF A CENTURY AGO. JAMA. 1918;70(23):1787–1788. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600230057023
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