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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 6, 2010


JAMA. 2010;303(1):81. doi:10.1001/jama.303.1.jjy90045

Many and devious are the ways by which those who would “doctor” our food attempt to create public sentiment in favor of chemical preservatives. During the last few months a harmless looking letter signed “H. L. Harris” has appeared in the newspapers of those cities and towns in which deaths from ptomain poisoning (much-abused term) have recently been chronicled. This letter—we use the singular advisedly—does not vary in its wording in different papers, except for the opening sentence. It begins by referring to the death which the writer has seen reported in the paper written to, and then continues: