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Letters Chickenpox

Antedating examples of “chickenpox”

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 23 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1523
  1. Jeffrey K Aronson, consultant physician and clinical pharmacologist
  1. Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
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The earliest example of the use of the word “chickenpox” in the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was from Chambers Cyclopedia of 1727. The antedating quotation I gave …

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