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This letter was referred to Professor Jordan, who replies:
To the Editor:
—It is difficult even with careful phrasing to avoid expressions that, when taken from their context, may be liable to misinterpretation. I had supposed that the statement to which exception is taken was sufficiently guarded to prevent all misunderstanding. Certainly the general tenor of my address is in no wise antagonistic to the proper use of bacterial counts in controlling public milk supplies. My own position in this matter is generally known, as is shown indeed by the quotation from my book cited in the foregoing letter. Let me state once more specifically and emphatically that I believe that bacterial milk counts are a valuable aid in controlling the quality of milk supplies and that their application by municipal authorities has helped to bring about a great improvement in the public milk supplies of American cities.A certain
Jordan EO. THE BACTERIOLOGY OF FOODS-Reply. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(1):61. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590280062028