Medicine: Eating Well with an Ulcer

Harold Ross, editor of The New Yorker, knows about peptic ulcers; he has had several himself.

His first doctors gave him plenty of advice about what not to eat, too little about what he should eat. This led to a sorry circle: "Eating became a worry, and worry generates hydrochloric acid, and hydrochloric acid induces ulcers." After his "third or fourth ulcer," he took dinner with Dr. Sara Jordan of Boston's Lahey Clinic, picked a fruit compote for dessert. Dr. Jordan suggested meringue glacée.

Ross was shocked. "Meringue glacée has a French name, which is bad, and it is an ornamental concoction, which...

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