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October 17, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(16):1321-1322. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770420059027

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To the Editor:—  Since you have published correspondence from Dr. Haggard (The Journal, September 12, p. 895) in which he criticizes the work of C. E. Richards and myself (The Journal, August 8, p. 409) in such a way as to leave the question of garlic breath odor in doubt, I wish you would publish this additional correspondence.We have reread Dr. Haggard's report (The Journal, June 15, 1935, p. 2160) and his quotations from his work, and we believe that the conclusion at which he arrived from his experiments should be the same as he published; namely, that onion or garlic breath odors "arise solely from particles of onion or garlic retained in the structure about the mouth." If we appeared to be "anxious to throw discredit" on his work, it must be because of our understanding of the word "solely" as he used it. We disagree about his

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