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To the Editor:
In the studies initiated by Dow Breweries in Quebec concerning the recent episodes of myocardial degeneration, Drs. McDermott, Delaney, Egan, and Sullivan ( 198:253, 1966) describe a very similar picture affecting a group of patients in Omaha.In reviewing these reports, I am struck by the similarity of this disease to beriberi and its occurrence at a time when pasteurization of bottled beer is being replaced by Millipore filtration, thus removing the yeast and a large portion of the B vitamins from the beer.I think the solution to this problem can readily be found in two areas: (1) the vitamin B content of beers habitually consumed by the patients, and (2) the comparison of the vitamin B content of unpasteurized, unsterilized draft beer with that of pasteurized bottled beer and that of beer sterilized by filtration.
Walker FA. Myocardosis and Cardiac Failure. JAMA. 1967;199(1):47. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120010091029