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September 1, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(8):243-245. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390080019002

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Stewed Fruit for the Gouty and the Dyspeptic.  —Dr. J. Milner Fothergill, in the Lancet for July 7, recognizes that for many persons, gouty, dyspeptic, and glycosuric, ordinary stewed fruit is objectionable from the amount of added sugar it contains. But it is by no means necessary to render stewed fruit objectionable by adding much sugar to it. Deprived of this excess of added sugar, stewed fruit can not only be rendered unobjectionable, but be converted into an actual prophylactic measure, especially in cases of lithiasis. In order to attain this end all that need be done is to neutralize the excessive acidity by an alkali, and then little or no sugar is required. Dr. Fothergill experimented in this way, through his cook, on all the ordinary native fruits, and found that for each pound of fruit as much bicarbonate of potash as would lie upon a shilling (quarter) was

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