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October 1929


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1929;2(4):416-430. doi:10.1001/archopht.1929.00810020432004

The disease known as tularemia needs no introduction. It has occupied a great deal of attention in the literature, especially during the past four years. For the widespread knowledge concerning the disease, great credit is due to Edward Francis, surgeon of the Hygienic Laboratory, U. S. Public Health Service, Washington, D. C., although the actual discovery of the disease in man, the isolation of the causative germ and its verification were all matters of record in the literature at least five years before he began his investigations. The general phase of this subject is beyond the scope of the present paper, since it is mostly concerned with the ocular type of the disease. Certain features of the early history, however, should be accentuated since the credit for the discovery of the human type of the infection is entirely due to ophthalmology.


In 1908, William B. Wherry, bacteriologist,

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