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Under this title the War Department has just published a volume of 200 pages compiled under the direction of the Commissary General from monographs written by officers of the Subsistence Department. This volume is intended to be to the Subsistence officers what the dispensatories are to medical men and pharmacists. It gives them a concise and accurate description of the various articles borne on the list of subsistence stores of the army, with the source or preparation, physical appearances and properties, tests of purity and methods of preservation of each of the articles.
For facilitating references the monographs or their abstracts are arranged alphabetically, beginning with that on "apples," and ending with "vinegar." Under the heading "flour" are described the grades and methods of milling, the quality of the gluten, the quality of the starch, the best flour for making bread; winter wheat and spring wheat flours; sweating of wheat
Handbook of Subsistence Stores, U. S. Army, 1896.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(24):1259. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431020041021