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To the Editor:
—In The Journal, February 21, p. 606, it appears that our German confrères are exercised over who first suggested and used the stomach tube and when a celebration in honor of the man and the event should be staged.As so frequently happens in Europe, particularly in Germany, important contributions to scientific and clinical medicine pass unrecognized, should such occur extra muros. To the average German physician, credit for the stomach tube and its employment goes to Kussmaul. Since a celebration in honor of that distinguished scientist and his tube is impending, it would seem proper that the facts relative to the introduction of tubes into the stomach be reviewed.To Dr. Julius Friedenwald of Baltimore we are indebted for a history of this gastro-enterologic milestone (Proc. Am. Gastro-Enterol. A., 1917; Introduction, Tice's "Practice of Medicine," 7, Sect. X, p. 15). Friedenwald called attention to an article
Smithies F. PRIORITY IN THE "INVENTION" AND EMPLOYMENT OF THE STOMACH TUBE. JAMA. 1925;84(12):914–915. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660380050027
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