HOBART A. REIMANN, M.D.
To the editor: In a recent letter (1) and article (2) (Bull WHO 47:31-36, 1972) no reference was made to statements on gastrointestinal hydrogen ion concentration and cholera that were published 27 years ago (3): "Perhaps another factor plays a role in the susceptibility to cholera. Since the Chinese diet in general is 97% vegetarian, the intestinal fluid tends to be alkaline, providing a medium favorable to V[ibrio] comma. The addition of protein . . . to the diet may lower the hydrogen ion concentration to a point at which the comma bacillus cannot live."
REIMANN HA. Vibrio comma and pH. Ann Intern Med. ;79:290. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-2-290_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(2):290.
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