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January 9, 1937


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New Haven, Conn. Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Yale University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1937;108(2):136-137. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780020054022

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To the Editor:—  We have followed with considerable interest the articles and correspondence on garlic breath odors that have appeared in The Journal in recent months (Haggard, H. W., and Greenberg, L. A.: Breath Odors from Alliaceous Substances: Cause and Remedy, The Journal, June 15, 1935, p. 2160. Blankenhorn, M. A., and Richards, C. E.: Garlic Breath Odor, Aug. 8, 1936, p. 409. Haggard, H. W.: Eliminating Odor of Garlic, Sept. 12, 1936, p. 895. Blankenhorn, M. A.: Garlic Odor to Breath, Oct. 17, 1936, p. 1321). No one can seriously doubt that a considerable part of "garlic breath" may be due to retention in the mouth of tiny particles of garlictainted foods. Furthermore, as a result of experiments to be mentioned, we can confirm Haggard and Greenberg's experience that chloramine will deodorize these mouth particles. It seems to us that the crucial question to be answered is "When garlic

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