dr pier small pox 1903
CARD FROM DR. PIER. Statement Concerning Duryea's Small Pox Cases by Health Board Member. Editor Gazette: No doubt the tempest tempest aroused by Dr. Baker having himself himself interviewed in regard to our chicken pox cases may become very irksome to you and your readers, but at the risk of tiring you, I wish to say a few words, as I am a member of the Board of Health of Duryea and have been somewhat reflected upon in his article. I have lived in Duryea for the past 12 years and those who are acquainted acquainted with me know that no man runs or owns me. As to the conferences conferences said to have been held at my store, there were none. The members of the board are distributed over a large area and in an emergency It is difficult to get them all together immediately, immediately, nor is it necessary. All of Dr. Houser's trips were made late in the evening, as he is busy Quring the day looking after the small pox cases at Scranton, and as I was the most accessible accessible of any member of the board he reported to me. The high standing of Dr. Houser in the profession will not allow people to think he did anything anything in an underhanded way. It is true the Barnes case cost us $1,600 and the Wlckizer cases $75, and any one with paper and pencil and a little time can figure for himself how many cases of chicken pox Dr. Baker would have to have to again put us in debt $1,600. Dr. Dennison, of Plains, an expert small pox physician, who carried carried through three epidemics of small pox to successful conclusions, saw the "Barnes" case twice, in consultation with Dr. Burlington, and he told me the case was very ably handled and that in all his experience he had never seen so bad and virulent a case. Naturally Naturally Dr. Baker feels rather sore over his mistakes in diagnosis, the second following so soon upon the heels of the first, and he appears to have a bad case of rattles and bad temper. His article seems to be a "grand stand play" for the benefit of the general public, some of whom he appears to have hypnotized, but it will be quite a different matter to explain these things to the members off his profession, profession, who seem to have gauged him at his true value. Dr. Burlington in both instances was sent to the Wlckizer Wlckizer house by the health officer of the borough, the proper official to perform that duty. W. B. PIER, M. D.