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April 3, 1897

COD-LIVER OIL A TIME-TESTED REMEDY.

Author Affiliations

INSTRUCTOR IN SURGERY, RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE; ATTENDING SURGEON LAKESIDE HOSPITAL. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(14):636-637. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440140012002e

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Abstract

If cod-liver oil has been able to maintain its position as a remedial agent from a time "beyond which the memory of man runneth not to the contrary," its present popularity certainly has not resulted from any lack of sharp and sustained controversy. While the literature commending its utility in a wide variety of disorders is very copious, there has likewise been an abundance of articles, papers and discussions, which contended that cod-liver oil was merely a therapeutic fetich; that it possessed no virtue that did not likewise reside in all forms of food fat; that it was no more readily assimilable than good butter; that, indeed, it was a positive bane to the patient in its loathsome taste, its disturbance of digestion, its provocation of biliousness, etc.

In my opinion these dissenting views constitute a a most erroneous and deplorable heresy. Quite apart from the colossal volume of clinical

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