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July 18, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(3):159-160. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430810043004

There has been some outcry lately against the eating of ices. Hands have been thrown up in astonishment because certain ice cream has been found to contain certain adulterations, and not infrequently the deadly ptomaine. There is no question that many food products are adulterated, but that ice cream is more frequently adulterated than other articles of diet, we disbelieve. A sneer has become habitual with many when speaking of the Americans; and the American fondness for ice water and iced confections has passed into a proverb.

The truth is, however, that the Americans are simply following classic models. When our European confreres smile at our imbibition of chilled fluids, we can remind them that the old Greeks and Romans were even more addicted to the use of ice water than any of the moderns, if we may judge from the pains taken to preserve the ice. Athenæus, quoting Chares