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October 5, 1901

CARELESS REPORTING.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(14):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470400041011

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Abstract

As an example of careless reporting of experiments the following is worthy of mention. In the British Medical Journal of September 14 there appears an article giving some interesting observations on the penetration of the skin by the larva of the ankylostoma. The author says: "The experiment upon Dr. Looss is not convincing because he had, as I have said, previously suffered from the presence of ankylostoma in his intestines. He next experimented on a piece of skin removed from a fresh human corpse, and warmed to 99 F.; but this did not show any entry of embryos, possibly because the skin at once became too shriveled up. The next attempt was more successful. It was made upon the leg of a boy, aged 13 years, one hour before the limb was amputated. The leg was thoroughly washed with soap, nail brush, and water, then dried; and then one drop

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