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October 29, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(18):1315. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500180045015

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The agitation in favor of the Pure Food Bill, which has been relaxed since the adjournment of Congress, will be resumed next winter when Congress is again in session. The evidence presented to the committees of the House and of the Senate in the past has been sufficient to warrant the most radical legislation for the protection of the people against the adulteration of food, drugs, etc. But as time goes on, other evidence is developing. The showing made by Buller and Wood in our columns, in the full report on the effects of wood alcohol, is of itself sufficient to warrant legislation to protect the people against this substitution. The adulteration of whisky with wood alcohol in New York, to which we referred last week, and which caused the deaths of over twenty persons, comes at an opportune time to emphasize this point as regards wood alcohol. But there

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