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January 26, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(4):107-108. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390290023011

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For the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

Mr. Editor:  I send you the following comments on a very common but important subject, and hope they will attract attention:There have been many newspaper wars pending about this article, but they have not at all enlightened the public on the subject. Dr. Hammond, of New York City, waged a war against the old time institution of the " country pie," demonstrating its indigestibility, and its consequent bad effect on the stomach; and I cannot understand why some medical authority has not agitated the baking powder question, and explained to the public its injurious effects, about which there is no doubt. To make the matter clear, it may be stated that the average baking powder is composed of bi-carbonate of soda, cream tartar, and starch, with a possible admixture of other things. The continued use of even this purest baking powder will

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