Medicine: Onion Breath

Russia's newest medical weapons against wound bacteria are among its oldest—onions and garlic. Say Drs. I. V. Toroptsev and A. G. Filatova, who made the wound experiments: "The ancient medicinal remedies used over thousands of years no longer appear absurd.'' The evidence for the vegetables as germicides, presented in last week's American Review of Soviet Medicine, would not have surprised any Russian peasant—he uses onions and garlic as a protection against typhus.

Between 1928 and 1930, a Russian scientist named B. Tokin noticed that "a paste prepared from a small amount of macerated onion, garlic or other allied plant immediately emits volatile...

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