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February 12, 1927


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Burlington, Iowa.

JAMA. 1927;88(7):502. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680330054029

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To the Editor:  —I am prompted by Dr. Gerstenberger's note on "The Administration of Cod Liver Oil" (The Journal, January 22, p. 243) to offer as a supplement the rules laid down more than fifty years ago by my father, the late Dr. John A. Young of Monmouth, Ill., and which, as he did, I have found 99 per cent effective; namely:

  1. The habit should be acquired by taking it "straight"; but an oil of first quality that is not old enough to be rancid should be used.

  2. The first dose should be a small one—not more than a half teaspoonful; the mouth should be chilled with ice, or ice-water, and the spoon should be chilled in like manner. Clamping the nostrils will further eliminate the odor.

  3. The oil should be taken before, not after, meals.

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