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February 10, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(6):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640330039020

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Newspapers throughout the United States have carried announcements of the discovery at the Rockefeller Institute of an organism, called Bacterium pneumosintes, which it was stated had been shown to be the causative agent of epidemic influenza. The announcement received first page attention in newspapers and the omniscient Arthur Brisbane burst forth in the Hearst papers with a full column Sunday editorial lauding the achievement and calling attention to the significance of the fact that this most recent and possibly greatest of medical discoveries had been broadcast by radio, the most marvelous of recent inventions. The Journal telegraphed to Dr. Simon Flexner, director of the Rockefeller Institute asking for the facts. Dr. Flexner replied: "The article prepared for the New York State Department of Health consisted of a routine summary of papers by Olitsky and Gates on influenza, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine over the past three years and

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