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February 22, 1936

Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Its Therapeutic Application

JAMA. 1936;106(8):648-649. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770080062030

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This book should be good, seeing that for twenty years the senior author has been studying intestinal bacteriology and particularly the problem of implanting acidophilic organisms in the bowel.

It is interesting now to learn that L. bulgaricus, which for so many years was sold widely and bruited about as a wonderful rejuvenator of mankind, not only does not become implanted in the bowel but actually is rapidly destroyed there. Surely the physician who knows anything about the history of therapeutics will always outdoubt St. Thomas when there comes to his desk the first enthusiastic description of marvelous cures obtained with some new drug; and, as some wag once advised, he will hurry to use the new drug while it is still curing. How annoying it must be to the men who have bragged about a wonderful new cure for, let us say, nausea, to have some pharmacologist come along

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