DOUGLAS CARROLL, M.D.
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To the editor: Dr. Louis Weinstein's report on syngamosis in the April issue (74:577-580) recalled the first report of this disease in poultry in 1799 (1). It is my understanding that this was the first report of a parasitic disease. If so, it was one of the major contributions of American physicians during the 18th century.
The discovery of syngamosis in poultry was made by Andrew Wiesenthal (1762-1778), a young Baltimore physician educated in Philadelphia and London. He was one of the first native-born sons, educated in Europe, who returned to America to help change and renovate medical practice. He
CARROLL D. Syngamosis First Reported. Ann Intern Med. ;75:324. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-2-324_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(2):324.
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