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To the Editor:—
In the Dec. 27, 1958, issue of The Journal, page 2272, the editorial concerning histoplasmosis was both gratifying and disappointing. This is a disease known for 53 years, the knowledge of which has been accumulated in great part during the last 15 years. It is only recently that the significance of this illness has become evident and generally understood. This disappointing part of the editorial had to do with inaccuracies which tended to give false impressions, if not actually false information, concerning the disease. The first of these had to do with the finding of the organism in soil contaminated with feces of chickens, bats, and pigeons. The inference gained from the editorial is that the organism has been found in bird feces and in this way contaminates the soil. So far there has been no laboratory proof of this. Extensive cultural studies of the feces of
Baum GL. HISTOPLASMOSIS. JAMA. 1959;169(7):745. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000240083017
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