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May 14, 1898

Wyman's Method.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(20):1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440720048011

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Executive Office, Bowling Green, Ky., April 9, 1898.

Dr. Walters Wyman, Supervising Surgeon-General United States Marine-Hospital Service, Washington, D. C.

Dear Doctor:  —I write to correct a mis-statement made in the current number of your Public Health Reports to the effect that this Board, the Governor of Kentucky or anyone else having authority to do so, asked for national aid in suppressing smallpox at Middlesboro. The request was made by Representative Colson, who had no authority in the matter whatever, as you must have known. When your representative arrived the disease was under control, and a speedy termination of the epidemic was confidently expected, as he reported to you when he asked to be relieved. You ordered him to stay but, under his instructions, he refused to co operate with us or do anything unless given absolute control, and by reckless statements made to certain citizens as to government funds

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