Medicine: Food & Death

At San Francisco's Opera House one evening last week City Health Director Jacob Casson Geiger was summoned to a telephone, informed that one Albert Perry, 87, had just died of arsenic poisoning. That night Albert Perry's daughter Bessie, 53, also died. Next morning authorities found arsenic and sodium fluoride in the family's baking soda, traced the soda to a cut-rate department store run by one Joseph Rosenthal. Twenty-one other soda-users were discovered ill. Taking to the radio, Director Geiger warned San Franciscans to eat no more of the Rosenthal soda.

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