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November 15, 1952


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JAMA. 1952;150(11):1141. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110081027

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To the Editor:  —The warning of the Council on Foods and Nutrition (J. A. M. A.149:1317 [Aug. 2] 1952) against possible nutrient deficiencies was evidently intended to apply only to artificially processed commercial articles offered for approval, but careless reading may give an impression of such dangers in low-salt diets in general. Actually, the warning was thus extended by a speaker before the American Chemical Society in Atlantic City on Sept. 19 and was given publicity in the daily press. However technically correct these statements may be, the effect among average physicians is to magnify the difficulties of this diet and to increase the confusion concerning salt restriction, which is either too lax on the one hand or too risky or onerous on the other hand. I have even seen a panel of experts unable to meet a challenge put to them by Dr. Kempner to show a

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