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June 25, 1927

THE IDEAL ANTACID

JAMA. 1927;88(26):2047. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680520037024

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In their article in The Journal, May 14, p. 1557, Drs. Loevenhart and Crandall point out the advantage of calcium carbonate in gastric hyperacidity, and conclude that it is the "ideal antacid." In this connection, would it not be appropriate to point out that other neutral antacids, not mentioned in this article, have already been the subject of not a little clinical and laboratory investigation?All the advantages claimed for calcium carbonate have likewise been claimed for the neutral tribasic phosphates of magnesium and calcium. First "reintroduced" into clinical medicine by Greenwald, these salts have been studied independently by Shattuck and by me. The results were published in The Journal in 1923 and 1924. Since that time, the phosphates have had their share of the usual commercial exploitation.Perhaps a comparative study of the relative values of all the neutral antacids, including calcium carbonate, might next be

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