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April 19, 1930

PARIS

JAMA. 1930;94(16):1250-1251. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710420062026

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Abstract

Magnesium and Old Age  Professor Delbet has become an advocate of the essential rôle of magnesium in general metabolism. In articles that have been widely read in France he has presented magnesium as a preventive of cancer, and many persons here are taking a daily dose of a special preparation of magnesium chloride in the hope of protecting themselves. Dubar of Dijon and Albert Robin formulated this theory twenty years ago. Delbet has called attention to the rôle of magnesium as a stimulant of hepatic secretions and as a preventive of biliary calculi, and recently before the Academy of Medicine he discussed magnesium as a potent means of retarding senility. His opinion is based on the chemical analysis of the tissues. Two chemists, in a communication to the Academy of Sciences on the analysis of the brains of aged persons, stated that they found more magnesium than calcium. Delbet believed,

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