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May 3, 1913

Farinaceous Diet and Auto-Intoxication

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Lausanne, Switzerland.

JAMA. 1913;60(18):1378-1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340180040019

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To the Editor  —Dr. von Noorden's article ("Intoxication Proceeding from the Intestine, Especially Polyneuritis," The Journal, Jan. 11, 1913, p. 101), has interested me greatly, for I enjoy criticism and find that it is useful, even when it is incorrect and unjust.I do not exactly understand why Dr. von Noorden declares my theory of auto-intoxication unscientific. Is it because it has not been proved in all details? On this point he and I are in agreement, for I have always hoped to see the scientific proof that the works of Charrin alone have announced. Is it because I advised (ten years ago, page 292) the estimation of the natural aromatic substances to demonstrate intestinal auto-intoxication since the sulpho-ethers [ethereal sulphates] do not give an exact idea because they do not contain the group combined with glycuronic acid (page 293)? If so, why does Dr. von Noorden employ exactly the

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