Strong Medicine, by Dr. Blake Donaldson, was originally published in 1961. He was a family doctor and a natural story teller. This book is both a medical text and a personal memoir.
It’s amazing how much he got right! Here’s a sample:
“One of the culinary horrors perpetrated in this country is called “french fries.” To produce them it is necessary to have a large heated vat filled with stale hydrogenated oil. Even drained automobile crankcase oil is reprocessed before it is used again but not, apparently, the stuff used for french frying. Potatoes may be half cooked in the vat of fat and then stored in an icebox. When a customer comes in they may be taken out and doused again in the same oil. It is no wonder that they taste so badly.”Dr. Blake Donaldson
And here is one example of what he got wrong. (What are the chances that he was a smoker himself?)
About cigarettes: “… The possibility that tar and other chemicals in them induces cancer of the lung is remote. Doctors familiar with the problem are far more worried about the tar inhaled on the roads during automobile travel.…”Dr. Blake Donaldson
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Note: Beef and potatoes contain no vitamin A.
© 2020, Judy Barnes Baker