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October 30, 1897

THE DEADLINESS OF THE HARMLESS.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(18):917-918. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440440043005

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Abstract

There is an ancient sentiment of the human mind which is continually receiving unexpected corroboration from modern sources. It has expressed itself in various ages in the paradoxes that the Gods are jealous of prosperity, "Woe unto you when all men speak well of you;" " It's dangerous to be safe," etc. Self-contradictory as it appears, it has a basis in fact and nowhere has this been more surprisingly demonstrated than of late years in the realm of dietetics. Wine, for instance, was to the patriarch a thing "which maketh glad the heart of man;" to the apostle the very life-juice of the universe, the best symbol of the blood of Christ; to Old Omar "the gift of God," "the Mighty Allah;" to the Greek, the crimson joy of the universe; but now, thanks to that distinguished band of scientists, Francis Murphy, T. De Witt Talmage and Frances Willard, we know

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