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November 30, 1912

DEATH AND BLINDNESS FROM METHYL OR WOOD-ALCOHOL POISONING: WITH MEANS OF PREVENTION

JAMA. 1912;LIX(22):1962-1966. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110376011
Abstract

Surely the man who wishes well of his country should be interested in preventable diseases. Inevitable evils one bears with greater or less equanimity, but those forms of ill health that are plainly avoidable should be ruthlessly traced to their sources and eradicated.

Hygienic crusades are all the more likely to be successful in America since we have recently experienced a great moral uprising against those deadly agents, adulterated foods and quack medicines. It isno longer respectable or safe for wholesale or retail purveyors of food and drink to substitute for them any poison their fancy dictates. The demand for articles that are at least what they claim or seem to be has at last become so loud and persistent that no government can afford to ignore it. Now that the sale of spoiled, noxious or adulterated food is beginning to be regarded as a low form of thievery not

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