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February 16, 1929

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S EXPERIMENT ON "WATER RETENTION"

JAMA. 1929;92(7):579. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700330063029

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Abstract

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.

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