baker small pox jan 8 1903
DUR YEA'S SMALL POX CASES. Dr. Baker Makes Reply to the State ments of Dr. Burlington. Editor Gazette: I am sorry that it becomes necessary to ask for valuable space in your paper to answer a communication communication in Tuesday's issue, signed by Dr. J. A. Burlington, no matter who may have written it. I think that in justice to Dr. F. L. McKee, of Ply mouth, and myself, the public should have a truthful statement of the facts, which are as follows: On Dec. 20, I was passing the Wicklzer home, when Mrs. Wicklzer called me In to see her 6on, aged about 10 years, who had a peculiar eruption on the forehead, hands, and a few spots on the body. She said, "I did not call you because I 'thought the boy was sick enough to have a doctor, but for ysu to see the eruption." I said, "Mrs. Wicklzer, I have had hardly any experience in small pox, having never seen but two cases in North Avoca, which I diagnosed diagnosed and which Dr. Seamans after ward took care of, but this looks like one of those cases." She replied, "Doc tor. that is what I have been thinking; vhat this is small pox, very light." 1 reported my - suspicions to the board of health (of which I am not and never have been a member, but which seems to be run by the burgess, who is not and never has been a member), stating stating in my notice to the board that the case was very, very light, also telling the officer personally that I did not think it was necessary to employ any physician or guards, but simply to put a card on the house, as the boy was not actually sick. I did not visit the boy again, for it was not necessary. Two days later, I heard that the bur gess, Dr. J. A. Burlington, had gone into the house and pronounced the case varicella. I concluded that Dr. Burlington ought to know, for he had had one case of small pox during his professional career, known as the Barnes case," about a year ago. He ordered a measles sign placed on the house and it remained there for sev eral days. A great many people had exposed themselves, visiting the young man. Finally the neighbors declared that the young man had small pox, when the measles sign was removed and a small pox sign substituted. Dr. Burlington was employed at $25 per day, guards with guns surrounded the house, and in a very few days the young man was dead. Total cost to borough, $1,600. So you see, just as the Doctor stated, he had had experience In small pox. So has the borough a very sad and expensive experience. To return to the present case, Dr. Houser, of Taylor, was called, unknown to me, but I asked the health officer to call an expert I was not Informed when Dr. Houser came here, but he and the burgess went together to the house. Mrs. Wicklzer tells me that Dr. Hous er said he did not know what it was, On Jan. 2 I was again called to the Wicklzer house to see Bert, a married married son. I found him suffering. To use his own language, he said his head was splitting and his back breaking, He had not been well for some days, but had stuck it out at work until that day, when he had to give up. I found his temperature 103, his face flushed his eyes congested. The case looked very suspicious. I told his parents so, They said they knew it. Dr. Burlington Burlington stated, 'There was no eruption.1 That is false. I asked Mr. Wicklzer for permission to call Dr. Seamans, of Avoca. The Doctor could not go out in such damp weather, so he and 1 talked the matter over and decided to call Dr. F. L. McKee, of Plymouth The Doctor came up that afternoon, made a very careful examination, and decided that it was a case of varioloid. We together then sent notice to the health board. The burgess - doctor again rushes into the case, sends for Dr. Houser, they have a conference In the drug store, with one member of the board. (The board held no meeting until last night, after everything was over.) They decided to wait a few days. The family ask for medical aid and insists on it, but without wait ing a few days, Dr. Houser comes down the next night and the quarantine - is removed. Total cost to the borough, $75. A. J. Baker, M. D. Duryea, Pa., Jan. 7, 1903. The crowned heads of every nation, The rich men, poor men and misers, All join in paying tribute to DeWitt's Little Early Risers. H. Williams, San Antonio, Texas, writes: "Little Early Riser Pills are the best I ever used in my family. I unhesitatingly recommend them to everybody." everybody." They cure constipation, bil iousness, sick headache, torpid liver, jaundice, malaria and other liver troubles.