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February 13, 1915

U. S. Public Health Service Report on a Tuberculosis Treatment

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Assistant Director, Hygienic Laboratory.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(7):609-610. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570330056029

Washington, Feb. 2, 1915.

To the Editor:  —Your letter to Surgeon-General Blue, U. S. Public Health Service, enclosing one from Dr. von Ruck which is to be published in The Journal, has been referred to me for comment. Dr. von Ruck's letter contains serious charges against me, and I appreciate your courtesy in permitting an opportunity for reply. I am under a disadvantage in two particulars: first, that my report1 on the von Ruck methods had only the limited distribution of a Senate document and is not available to most of those who will read the criticism of it, and second, that in this limited space I shall have difficulty in presenting adequately all the facts concerning von Ruck. The service has on file letters from him which, if they could be published in toto, would show to any reader the unscientific attitude of Dr. von Ruck, and trace