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August 19, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(8):489. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450600055012

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In its issue of August 5, the N. Y. Medical Record editorially gives credit to the American author, Dr. Leonard Corning, for priority in the method of local anesthesia by intraspinal injection, a method lately rediscovered by Bier of Keil, and published by him in the Deutsche Zeitsch. f. Chir.last April. The recognition is an excellent thing and the editorial prominence given it by the editor of the Record is altogether admirable, but it comes a little late. If he had thoroughly perused an up-to-date journal and read Dr. Matas' review of the progress of surgery in our souvenir issue of June 3, he might have given it in his editorial on June 24, on "A New Method of Anesthesia." Not only was Corning's work noticed in Dr. Matas' paper above, but also the fact that it antedated the "so-called methods of Oberst and of Bier." We are not

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