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May 11, 1901

Antiseptic Treatment of Smallpox.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(19):1334. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470190046014

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Detroit, Mich, May 2, 1901.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal of March 16, page 771, there is an abstract of a paper of mine. If the abstract is allowed to stand without further comment it will injure me in my claim to priority in the antiseptic treatment of smallpox. By it the medical profession might infer that I had only suggested a "local (antiseptic) method treatment," whereas the whole burthen of my endeavor as to treatment since January 14, 1895, at which time I delivered an original paper on the pathology and antiseptic treatment of smallpox, before the Detroit Medical and Library Association—has been to induce medical men to evolve a complete and perfect treatment in which antiseptic baths should be the principal and effective part employed in the management of variola.On the same date, 1895, I originally announced the principle that the true smallpox only extends so

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