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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 23, 2008

Current Medical Literature

JAMA. 2008;299(3):354. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.67

Sour Milks.—Piffard quotes a recent pronouncement of the present head of the health department in New York City to the effect that sour milk is a menace to health and that he will prosecute any one having it in his possession or offering it for sale, and supporting this position by the fact that sour milk is a product of bacterial action and that bacteria gather nourishment from the substances in which they develop and transform what they take into their bodies into useless or poisonous products. Piffard demonstrates the absurdity of this position by an appeal to the patriarchal practice, from the time of Abraham, of regarding sour milk as excellent food, and the patriarchs were not remarkable for the shortness of their lives.