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September 8, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(9):279-280. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390090023006

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1932 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Aug. 29, 1883.

Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:  In No. 6, August 18, p. 192, of The Journal of the American Medical Association, received the 27th, is a brief obituary notice of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Bache.It is stated in it that "he established the Naval Laboratory," etc. This is an error. It is of little significance in itself, but it is interesting in connection with historical accuracy and the immense importance of truth, which we all profess to respect.The Naval Laboratory at the Naval Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y., was started by myself in the autumn of 1845, five years before Dr. Bache was connected with it. Its origin is due to a small circumstance. At that time medical supplies of all kinds were furnished to the navy on a contract awarded yearly to the lowest bidder. Late in a day

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