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The Case Against Pasteurization of Milk

Nature volume 155, page 33 (13 January 1945) | Download Citation



THE three main theses of this booklet (written as a critique of Prof. G. S. Wilson's book "The Pasteurization of Milk") appear to be (1) that "exposure to light infection" by active tubercle organisms is the best way to induce human resistance to tuberculosis; (2) that the regular consumption of raw milk infected with bovine tuberculosis is a feasible way of developing such resistance, and that the encounter with infective material should take place at an early age—in short, that the consumption of tubercle-infected milk by young children is to their ultimate benefit; (3) that pasteurization not only does us the disservice of preventing this "exposure to light infection" but also seriously damages the milk nutritionally, "devitalizing it at source", an impairment that, it is stated, can be to some extent corrected by adding vitamin D to the diet.

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