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October 2, 1909

Tubercle Bacilli in the Blood—A Claim for Priority

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Harrisonburg, Va.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(14):1113. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550140045012

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To the Editor:  —Referring to your editorial, "Tubercle Bacilli in the Blood," in The Journal of Sept. 18, 1909, I wish to call attention to the fact that in May, in a paper by Dr. Lyons and myself, which was read before the Louisiana State Society, in which we reported failure to confirm certain observations of Rosenberger, appears the following anent the presence of contaminating organisms in distilled water: "The danger of this occurrence is easily obviated by using water very recently distilled, or direct from the still, and by the thorough cleansing of the jars before using by means of a strong solution of mineral acid." As we were the first to report failure to confirm observations made by Rosenberger and encountering the error, corrected and reported on it, I believe that it should be credited to us and not to Brem. We went through the experiences which he

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