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To the Editor:
—An editorial entitled "Benzoate of Again," in The Journal, Nov. 4, 1911, contains certain features so manifestly unfair and misleading that anyone who respects truth must be impelled to utter a word of emphatic protest. The question as to the permissibility of the use of preservatives in general, or of any preservative in particular, may obviously involve more than the physiologic effects of the substance under discussion. Thus a preservative might be found to be physiologically harmless, and yet its use be contrary to public policy. It may fairly be debated whether the employment of a substance which will conceal inferiority or uncleanliness should be allowed in any event. In the case of saccharin, its exclusion has been suggested for the most part on other than purely physiologic grounds. In your editorial similar general or practical considerations in relation to sodium benzoate are discussed.The physiologic action
Mendel LB. Benzoate of Soda Again. JAMA. 1911;LVII(25):2016-2017. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120206032