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April 29, 1968

Newspaper Fare

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Winnimani, Canada

JAMA. 1968;204(5):407. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140180057030

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To the Editor:—  Encouraged by reports on the use of newspapers as food (New Scientist, Jan 4, 1968, p 7), our local research team has conducted some interesting experiments of their own. As you recall, the original studies were made in heifers that gained weight on a diet of ground newspapers and molasses. The fascinating notion that a second-rate source of food for thought could become a first-rate food for the body, suggested to our investigators that a similar result might be obtained by feeding pages of JAMA to sheep. As expected, the docile animals accepted the new diet without demur and gained more weight than normal controls. Unexpected, however, were the bizarre changes in behavior, which appeared to reflect abnormal emotional responses. Intrigued by these findings, our investigators pursued the experiment a step further. After dividing the animals into four groups, they gave to each a different section of