Medicine: Bicarbonated Energy

An explanation of the remarkable endurance displayed by German and Japanese runners in the 1936 Olympic Games (TIME, Aug. 17) was offered last week. Some observers at the Games guessed that the contestants took cocaine. Better informed observers guessed at benzedrine, a non-narcotic stimulant (TIME, Sept. 14) which reputable Dr. Morris Henry Nathanson of Los Angeles last fortnight, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested would be an excellent aid to crammers, sprinters and others who need a sudden burst of energy. Last week's news from Berlin showed that the Olympic...

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