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August 29, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(18):1716-1717. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690180038012

For a number of years water-soluble derivatives of chlorophyll have been used for the purpose of eliminating unpleasant odors from wounds1 or from the air. More recently a number of investigators2 have reported that chlorophyll derivatives taken orally are capable of reducing unpleasant body odors. On the basis of these and other reports enterprising promoters have sold tremendous quantities of chlorophyll derivatives to the public in tablets, mouth washes, tooth pastes, and other vehicles. More recently several authors have questioned the whole concept of chlorophyll deodorization. Brocklehurst3 of the University of Glasgow has tested the effect of four water-soluble derivatives of chlorophyll on a variety of odors in the laboratory and in man and has found no evidence that these preparations exerted any significant deodorizing action under any of the conditions of his experiments. Two of the derivatives used were proprietary preparations sold for oral use and