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To the Editor:
—In your editorial on Water, Edema and Weather you refer to Dr. Smith's report on "Water Retention." Es gibt nichts Neues auf der Welt! In 1761, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to Mary Stevenson in which he said "I have read of a man, hired by a physician, who stood, by way of experiment, in the open air, naked, during a moist night. In the morning he weighed near 3 pounds heavier." If this is new to you and probably it is not, you can find it in Pepper's "The Medical Side of Benjamin Franklin," page 40.
Frankenthal LE. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S EXPERIMENT ON "WATER RETENTION". JAMA. 1929;92(7):579. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700330063029