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March 20, 1943


JAMA. 1943;121(12):966. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840120068023

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To the Editor:—  In an editorial in The Journal, Nov. 18, 1939, on the "Evolution of Our Knowledge of Tuberculosis" there appears the following: "It is said that William Stark, who was studying the pathology of phthisis in London under the renowned John Hunter, died of tuberculosis as the result of a wound received in the morgue. Baillie, the successor of Stark, also developed an infection of the hand after performing a necropsy and died of tuberculosis, but not until his years of study had clarified the knowledge of the tubercle."I have been unable to find this story about William Stark, although I have consulted the Dictionary of National Biography, Smyth's Introduction to Stark's work, 1788, and the account of his illness and death in the same volume. Also I am unable to find any connection between Baillie's infection of the hand from a slight wound while dissecting a

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