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June 1, 1901

Antiseptic Treatment of Smallpox.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(22):1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470220046015

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Houston, Texas, May 21, 1901.

To the Editor:  The Journal of May 11 contains a communication from Dr. A. Bryan, Detroit, Mich., in which he claims to be "the original author of what may aptly be termed the antiseptic treatment of the disease (smallpox)." The date of the publication of this theory and practice in regard to smallpox is given as 1895. This theory and practice may have been original with Dr. Bryan, but in March, 1894, this same treatment and theory was thoroughly presented in the Texas Sanitarian, as originating with Dr. T. C. Osborne, of Cleburne, Texas. Dr. Osborne, however, was not the first physician to publish this theory. In August, 1896, I had the pleasure of receiving from Dr. J. Kornitzer, of Socorro, N. M., a pamphlet published by him in February, 1880, at Cincinnati, Ohio, in which he set forth the same views as Dr.

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