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May 3, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(18):498. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390410022013

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To the Editor:—  In the last issue of your valuable journal, a somewhat brief synopsis of a clinical lecture delivered by me, served as the basis of an editorial notice, that, though accepted by me with all the meekness that should characterize the bearing of a junior hearkening to the voice of a "father in Israel," bears within it a few elements of error.In speaking of the combustible power of alcohol, as compared with that of cod-liver oil, I instanced an experiment not unfamiliar to chemists of to-day, and which was no doubt familiar to Baron Liebig. Indeed, we know that alcohol must be rich in heatproducing power, its chemical formula (C2 H6 O), ethyl hydrate, clearly justifying such an opinion. Its power in raising the temperature of water was referred to by me, and an application of the knowledge of this fact served in part

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