Since the publication of my article on pre-Columbian Syphilis in the Medical News, October 31, 1891, I have received a few letters on the subject. Professor Brinton does not lay great store by such philological evidence as I have been able to produce. "After careful search," says he,"I have not found any resemblance between any American tongue and any Asiatic dialect; a few isolated resemblances do not signify anything."
Dr. Gustav Brühl, of Cincinnati, the author of "Pre-Columbian Syphilis in the Western Hemisphere" published in the Cincinnati Lancet and Clinic, May 29, 1880, and of an article under the same title, March 8, 1890, in the same paper says: "In neither have I tried to prove that syphilis originated in America, trying only to prove that it existed here before the landing of the Castilians. 'Abobe" is not a Nahuatl word, the Nahua called it Xanitl, the Otomics, Notletahoy. Without
ASHMEAD AS. PRE-COLUMBIAN SYPHILAS AND EAST ASIA. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(16):473–475. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411200001001
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