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To the Editor:—
In the answer of Maurice Seevers, MD, to a question on glutamine and "How Not to Become an Alcoholic" (200:425, 1967) there was some confusion with respect to L-glutamine (this is its correct name). Some physicians have used L-glutavite for alcoholism in lieu of L-glutamine, and have obtained negative results. L-glutavite contains no L-glutamine. The term "levoglutamide" which Dr. Seevers introduced is in error. L-glutamine is a member of the L-series of amino acids, but the capital L should not be thought of as designating levo. L-glutamine in water solution is dextrorotatory.The article in question was not, as implied, on the management of alcoholism but rather on its prevention. Dr. Seevers is right in saying that L-glutamine has not an established record of efficacy. It has been tried in relatively few cases, some of which have yielded extremely suggestive results.There is not room here
Williams RJ. Prevention of Alcoholism. JAMA. 1967;201(6):490-491. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130060164028