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October 22, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(17):1236. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500170054013

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The secular press is at present, or has been recently, considerably taken up with discussions of methods of obtaining longevity, and one little item which has the alleged authority of Professor Metchnikoff has been widely copied. It is that sour milk as a diet is specially conducive to longevity, more so, in fact, than any other form of food. It is the common drink among the Bulgarians, and they are said to furnish the largest number of centenarians. Some one has suggested that it is the ignorant and indolent who live to a good old age; it is at least exceptional to find a man of science like Chevreul or persons of cultivation or those taking an active part in the life of the age reaching one hundred years or over. Extreme simplicity in the mode of life is conducive to longevity. If a person should follow all the advice

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