Medicine: Goats & Grass

Why reeks the goat

On yonder hill Who seems to dote

On chlorophyll?

Whether or not chlorophyll and related compounds get into the system and sweeten it, this rhyme* has got under the skins of chlorophyll enthusiasts and soured their dispositions. Last week Internist Franklin Howard Westcott, who did much to give chlorophyll its first fillip (TIME, July 31, 1950), got up before a Manhattan audience of drugmakers and complained:

"It is appalling how many scientifically qualified people have been victimized by that goat. The fact is that the goat's digestive system and odor are biologically unique and not to be compared with normal human...

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