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October 23, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(17):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680170065031

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To the Editor:  —My attention has been directed to a communication by Dr. Hulussi Mustafa of Diabekir, Turkey (The Journal, September 4, p. 777), in which apparently he claims to be the first to introduce the use of poison gas for the destruction of mosquitoes.Permit me, as president of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, to direct attention to a paper by a fellow of that society, Mr. K. B. Williamson, which was published in the society's Transactions (17:485, 1924). It is entitled "The Use of Gases and Vapors for Killing Mosquitoes Breeding in Wells" and is an account of the work he carried out on this subject during the war. He tested a number of different gases, including chloropicrine and chlorine, and gives a full and illustrated account of his research work. Dr. Mustafa has not yet published details of his method, and it is

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