"Foot and mouth disease. Known as Koch's preparation. Serum and virus. Percentage of salted horses. Rinderpest. Emperor's horses at Murzsteg, lower Austria. Veterinary surgeons." Like so many of his historical and political pronouncements, Deasy's science is an overhasty mixture of good and bad information. His letter to the editor reflects awareness of new, cutting-edge science in bacteriology, virology, and veterinary medicine. But he is wrong to say that FMD "can be cured. It is cured. My cousin, Blackwood Price, writes to me it is regularly treated and cured in Austria by cattledoctors there." No cure or successful vaccination was even in the offing; Deasy's barrage of learned names does not represent actionable information.

JH 2012

German physician and bacteriologist (and 1905 Nobel laureate) Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch (1843-1910), who isolated the bacterial agents that cause anthrax, tuberculosis, and cholera. Source: sandwalk.blogspot.com.

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, established by the Austrian Empire in 1572. Source: espliego.wordpress.com.