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Au zinc

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7278.117/a (Published 13 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:117
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    Even when it comes to zinc—the bastard element, as Paracelsus called it in the 16th century because he thought it was impure—“they order this matter better in France.” For there zinc serves as a meeting place, so that lovers and businessmen meet “au zinc,” at least during preliminary discussions, because alcohol is a gift of the gods and the counters in the bars are covered with a shiny layer of the metal.

    Elsewhere the role of zinc has …

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