Medicine: Cold Weather Drink

Neighborly and helpful if a bit blatant seemed the San Francisco Public Health Office when the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine met there last summer. Tippling Shriners were invited to have their liquor tested free of charge. The invitation came from Dr. Jacob Casson Geiger, the bald, beak-nosed Director of Public Health at whose request a survey of poison cases was later made which resulted in the successful use last fortnight of methylene blue, a dye common in the textile industry, as antidote for cyanide of potassium (TIME, Dec. 19).

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