Washington, D. C., April 20, 1898.
To the Editor:
—If Dr. Klebs had taken the trouble to read my report, published in 1890, he would have ascertained that he is not the discoverer of his supposed amebæ. These bodies were first observed by Councilman in 1889, and for a time were believed by him to be parasitic amebæ, but upon making comparative researches this view was found to be untenable, as is shown by the italicised portion of the following quotation:
REPORT OF DR. WILLIAM T. COUNCILMAN.
"The most interesting results were obtained from the examination of the liver. It has long been held that fatty degeneration of this organ was one of the most characteristic lesions of yellow fever, and it was found to a greater or less extent in all of the sections examined. It varied greatly in intensity in the different cases; in some comparatively large areas