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April 19, 1947

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JAMA. 1947;133(16):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880160044012

DISSOLUTION OF SUBSTANCE OF TEETH BY LEMON JUICE  Stafne and Lovestedt1 report observations on 50 patients who were using lemon juice routinely and who showed evidence of dissolution of dental structure. Thirty-nine of these were women and 11 were men, a ratio of approximately 4: 1. The patients came from twenty-two states, two Canadian provinces, Mexico and Puerto Rico; apparently such use of lemon juice is widespread. Striking uniformity was recorded as to the manner in which lemon juice was taken, namely by interval feedings in water. Use of lemon juice in self treatment was most common among persons who were suffering from rheumatism. The juice was also used for constipation, to prevent and relieve colds and occasionally as a tonic. When used as a reduction diet, the juice most often replaced entire meals. Most patients were aware of the high vitamin C content

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