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To the Editor:
—Through a regrettable inadvertence in preparing our clinical note on the gentian violet treatment of thrush (The Journal, September 19, p. 900) we failed to mention the work of Churchman, whose priority in the experimental and clinical study of gentian violet is, of course, well known. We have found, since submitting our manuscript, that Churchman in 1921 (Further Studies of the Behavior of Bacteria Toward Gentian Violet, J. Exper. Med.33:569 [May] 1921) reported that "in a plain agar plate... strokes of stained gram-negative organisms, for example Bacillus subtilis and Oidium albicans, will not grow at all" and showed photographs illustrating the point. While our own study was made in ignorance of these observations, we take pleasure in acknowledging them now. It is, of course, gratifying to us to find experimental support for our clinical impressions.
Faber HK, Dickey LB. USE OF GENTIAN VIOLET IN THRUSH. JAMA. 1925;85(15):1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670150052031
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