Medicine: Ugh!

Among scientific threats to human happiness has long lurked the possibility that somebody would take all the joy out of eating by evolving a diet of pure chemicals. Last week three St. Louis doctors, headed by William Harwood Olmsted, announced that they had done it. The mixture, they admit, is so nasty it has to be given by stomach tube.

In the Archives of Internal Medicine they told how they stir up a witches' broth containing all the essential amino acids (ammonia-containing compounds from which proteins are built), dextrose sugar, salt, gelatin, emulsified cottonseed...

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