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July 11, 1896

Apply the Baconian Method.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(2):105. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430800047011

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Denver, Colo., July 3, 1896.

To the Editor:  —In the name of scientific medicine I feel it to be a duty to protest against the promulgation of such ideas as those advanced under the heading "Lycopersicum Cardiopathia" in the issue of the Journal for June 27. In this article three pages of theory are offered us without, so far as I am able to find by careful examination, any facts whatever as a basis. In the first place, the substance which produces such dire results, acidum lycopersicum, is not mentioned by either Gould, Dunglison, Fowne, Roscoe and Schorlemmer or any authority that I have consulted, while the article itself gives no further proof of its existence than the bare statement that it has been found in the tomato.I submit that a single case, carefully observed and recorded, of any disturbance of any kind, if such ever existed, from the

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