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Injurious Constituents in Potable Spirits

Nature volume 63, pages 491492 (21 March 1901) | Download Citation



AN interesting communication is just to hand, by Sir Lauder Brunton and Dr. Tunnicliffe, upon “Certain apparently injurious constituents of potable spirits.” Its appearance now is certainly opportune, since, whatever else we may be interested in, alcoholic beverages are certainly attracting a deal of public attention at the present time. It is further, if not a relief, certainly a change, to learn that something else in alcoholic drinks besides arsenic and selenium may be the cause of mischief, and their removal advantageous. Our mentation just now is rather apt to be over-arsenicated; moreover, from the point of the consumer, the impurities discussed by these workers certainly seem to have one important advantage over arsenic, in that they can be completely removed—that is, removed to the satisfaction of the chemist as well as to that of the pharmacologist.

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