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January 13, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(2):125. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510290045011

The importance of the oyster as a food and as a factor in the etiology of typhoid fever render a possible substitute for it of medical interest. The abalone1 is a giant snail, weighing from one to two pounds, living in practically unlimited quantities in the deep waters of the ocean, and easily gathered along the entire coast of central and lower California. The flesh is a nutritious and wholesome article of food, highly esteemed by the Chinese and Japanese, but as yet very little used in the United States outside of California. The drying process and the original canning method yield a tough product, but a process has recently been discovered by which these giant snails can be canned and made as delicate as the oyster. They are used in a similar way for food, but have the decided advantage over the oyster that when gathered the viscera