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December 13, 1913

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JAMA. 1913;61(24):2163-2164. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350250049019

OZONE TO HIDE ODORS  "We have long been of the opinion," says the San Francisco Argonaut, "that whatever is unpleasant is bad for us, and we have endeavored in our humble and unscientific way to rule our lives accordingly. That is why we object to cold mutton and to being contradicted. They are bad for us—we felt it was so without knowing the reason." This was apropos of the contention of Dr. Hill of London that ozone is of value, not because it kills germs, but because it removes odors and the like that are injurious because they are unpleasant. Here we have an apparent conflict between esthetics and health. The instinctive shrinking from bad odors is almost a natural protective mechanism. At first thought there comes to mind only one really edible substance possessed of a bad odor, and it has fallen into some disrepute. The man who first