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October 27, 1906

Le Vieillissement Artificiel des Vins et Spiritueux.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(17):1408-1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520170072026

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Abstract

This work is of economic rather than of medical interest, but the subject has also its medical side. Wines and liquors are perhaps, of all articles of diet, if they could be thus included, the ones most subject to sophistication and adulteration. It is very possible, if not indeed probable, that by far the largest proportion of the alleged foreign wines and liquors sold in this country never saw a foreign country, or, if they did, are not the genuine article they claim to be. Moreover, the genuine article itself, in its most desired pure and perfect state, is not always obtainable at its place of production, and when it is thus obtained it is only as the result of a tedious process of aging, care and treatment, involving enormous losses which correspondingly increase the price of the perfected article. To prevent such losses and for the profit of the

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