[Ads-l] science-fiction, the 1897 and 1898 uses

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Thu Feb 4 08:31:12 EST 2021

The 1897 one, cited in OED as from Pharmaceut. World should read from Pharmaceutical Era [1]. That's by Harry B. Mason. Evidently, there is more than one U.S. contemporary with that name. Probably "ours" is Harry Beckwith Mason (1874-1930), a pharmacist, author, freemason and resident of Detroit, having built a house at 2184 Burns Ave. (now zip 48214).

The 1898 science-fiction use (that mentions "microbe" twice), in Bulletin of Pharmacy [Detroit], as noted, has "H. B. M." as the author in the immediate previous book review, mentioning. Likely the same person.

Maybe irrelevant, among several comparisons of two words;
Pharmaceutical Era again, Sept.1, 1892, p146/1:
To one versed in medical science, fiction and drama present some ridiculous contradictions. In the novel a hero is given a dose of poison that never fails in real life to produce instantaneous and fatal, but in the course of half an hour, ...a heroine arrives...hero resumes his normal condition....


[1] For the text, in a literary column, with considerable context:
The Pharmaceutical Era<https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Pharmaceutical_Era/GtTmAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=%22remarkable+science-fiction%22&pg=PA592&printsec=frontcover>

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