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The Doctors Disagreed

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Parent Issue
Day
22
Month
December
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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During the past summer the alleged oases of authrax in a flock of sheep on ;he farm of William Rushton, three and a half miles southwest of Manchester, has caused much discussion. The controversy will not down, and las broken out afresh in the Manchester Enterprise and Grand Rapids papers. The Enterprise devotes a column to the subject. It says: "As stated in our personal column items [ast., week, L. L. Conkey, dean of r the Grand Rapids veterinary college, came lere to investígate the matter of anthrax in a flock of sheep owned by Wm. Rushton, as reported last July. "In company with Dr. Ackerson he drove out to Mr. Rushton's, where he got a full history of the case, examined the sheep, visited the lot where the sheep were pastured at the time they were sick, and brought away with turn some of the wool from the sheep that died. He also dug up a quantity of earth where the ' sheep lay, which lie claimed he would test for anthrax germs. "Returning to town he brought to the Enterprise office a large microscope and a number of slides with specimens of bacillus anthracis, etc. One slide was marked 'Anthrax from Manchester sheep. ' This, Dr. Conkey said, Dr. Whinnery made from the parts of Mr. Rushton's sheep sent him in July by Dr. Ackerson. "We invited the local physicians, business mea and farmers on the streets to come to the office and examine these specimens. Dr. Klopfenstein remarked that he had some anthrax slides that he had prepared while in college. At Dr. Conkey's requsst they were brottght in, and exanaination proved the two to be identical. It was the opinión of those present that if the slide marked anthrax by Dr. Whinnery was from the Rushton sheep, then that sheep had anthrax. "Dr. Conkey told the Enterprise that he had slight hopes of doing much with the earth he had taken, but would do his best, and on Tuesday Dr. Ackerson received a letter from him stating that the soil was alive with anthrax spores. He said that he would inocúlate guinea pigs with the virus to further prove the case, and yesterday we received the following telegram : "Grand Rapids, Dec. 13. "Mat D. Blosser: - Hae positively reproduced anthrax in living animal in 24 hours. L. L. CONKEY, "Dean Veterinary College. "If this be true, thjé state veterinarian was mistaken, and Dr. Ackerson and the college people were right. ' ' Under date of Dec. 11, Dr. Geo. W. Dumphy, state veterinarian, writes as follows : "I wrote Mr. Rushton a few weeks ago in regard to the matter, and now send you a full report. We made a thorough investigation of the disease in every way and found no traces of anthrax whatever. In the first place I inoculated both guinea pigs and rabbits with material from the blood, spleen, lïver and other organs, but coald not produce anthrax. I then brought one of the bacteriologists from the university, Dr. Waite, aud killed one of the diseased sheep that Mr. Rushton had left and took material from all the internal organs ; and Dr.JWaite's report after a thorough, scien tifio investigation in Dr. Novi's laboratory, was, that there was no trace of anthrax. And nis further experiments in inoculating animáis (lid not reveal the least trace of the disease. "Now, af ter all these investigations by Dr. Waite, and my own experimenta and with the history of the : ease, their symptoms and post mortem appearances, I state boldly and einphatically that anthrax did not exist in Wm. Rushton's flock. I wish to .state further that no man that has ever seen a case of true anthrax or read any authentic literatute on the history, symptoms and post mortem appearance of the disease, would believe or a moment that this was a case of anthrax. No veterinarian, or even a school boy, conld have been misled by the symptoms of the disease of this flock, or the post mortem appearances. ' ' The farmers in the vicinity of Manchester need not be alarmed by the fear oí' anthrax, as it has not existed in the county in fact, but simply in imagination. The flocks that were affected had a parasitic disease that ■ has existed in the state for a number of years, and has shown itself in several counties in the past." Dr. Dell, of this city, who accompanied Dr. Dumply on his visit to Mr. Rushton's farm, says the sheep they killed was the last one of the number that was sick. They were told that all the other stíeep had been sick in the same way. If the ground where the sheep was buried was alive with anthrax spores, it would be so dangerous ;hat not only the sheep in the neighborhood, but the people as well, would aave taken the disease. The sheep died simply of parisitical disease that often shows up in this state. Dr. Dell says the matter will be further investigated.