From Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 11, 1962, comes the news that the mark in a coat poisoned the wearer and put him in a serious condition. James M. Burgeon of Mission, Texas, remained in serious condition suffering from a poison that a hospital spokesman said was absorbed from the identifying mark in the collar of his sport coat. The dye had been inked into the coat. Police said earlier they understood the dye was in the coat itself.
Burgoon was found conscious but incoherent in a car last week. Residents of the area said he had been sitting there several hours. The toxicologist's report was not complete but early tests indicated Burgoon was suffering from a form of poisoning known as methemoglobinemia.
Long ago, Plato, the philosopher, wrote: "They do certainly give very strange and new-fangled names to diseases," I suppose Mr. Burgoon could say that he was sick of methemoglobinemia—even as he would have been helped mentally by reading what Cicero wrote: "Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease; and music, to create harmony, must investigate discord."