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February 26, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(9):251-252. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391340027010

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Dear Sir:  —In the issue of The Journal for January 29, appeared a short article under the above heading by Dr. Kuh, which is liable to mislead those not familiar with the subject.

  1. With reference to the parts which the turbinated bodies bear in the etiology of asthma, the author attributes the discovery to Wilhelm Hack, and inveighs against specialists because they do not give him the credit. The fact is, that the attention of the profession was first directed to this matter by a paper read before the American Laryngological Association in May, 1881, by Dr. William H. Daly, of Pittsburg.

Hack's articles on the subject did not appear until many months later in the Berliner Klin. Wochenschrift, of 1882, and in his monograph, 1883; therefore, Hack was not the discoverer, and would only ask for the honor of a place among many other faithful workers in this

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