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To the Editor:—
Ange Gabriel Maximé Vernois (1809-1877) in his thesis "Du diagnostic anatomique des maladies du foie, et de sa valeur au point de vue thérapeutique" (Paris, J. B. Baillière, 1844; Félix Malteste et Cie, 1844) discusses liver puncture biopsy for diagnostic purposes. Yet Vernois' early work is not mentioned in the many recent publications on liver puncture biopsy. Iversen and Roholm (1939), Luigi Lucatello (1895), W. E. King and his associates (M. J. Australia1:697 [June 5] 1948), G. Pascale, T. Grier Miller, Chester M. Jones, Bingel and Olivet, McMichael and Sherwood (England), Jones and Volwiler (Boston), Schiff (Cincinnati), Edwin Rasberry (University of Pennsylvania), Winston K. Shorey and the many other writers have failed to give credit to Vernois for his early ideas and observations. Julian Hoffman and Julius Rosenthal (Ann. Int. Med.33:1203 [Nov.] 1950) in their paper on liver biopsy, Buck (1949), Kumpe (1947),
Goldstein HI. LIVER PUNCTURE FOR DIAGNOSIS. JAMA. 1951;145(2):106. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920200046022
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