In the Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital of December, 1898, there appeared an article entitled "On Refractory Subcutaneous Abscesses Caused by a Fungus Possibly Related to the Sporotrichia," by B. R. Schenck. The primary point of infection was on the index finger, whence it extended up the radial side of the arm, following the lymph channels and giving rise to several circumscribed indurations that were in part broken down and ulcerated. From this case an organism was recovered twice in pure culture and classified by E. F. Smith of the United States Department of Agriculture as belonging to the genus Sporotrichum created by Link in 1809. Almost one hundred years had elapsed from the time the genus was created until proof was obtained of the pathogenicity of one of its species for man.
Schenck carried out a problem in research in a scholarly fashion. He carefully described the