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Of 'War Bread' and Toadstools: Questions You Have Asked

Helene M. Cole, MD
JAMA. 1985;254(17):2455-2456. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360170095039.
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What do mushrooms in suburbia,1 the formula for "war bread,"2 apiotherapy,3 and "coffee anemia"4 have in common?

All, surprisingly, have been among the thousands of topics addressed in the QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS column of The Journal. Since the column began in September 1902 as QUERIES AND MINOR NOTES, it has regularly served physicians both in the United States and overseas as a source of information on myriad topics. Such international interest is evidenced by the inquiries we receive from physicians around the globe, and the regular publication of excerpts from the QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS section in several of the foreign language editions of The Journal.

In taking on my new duties as editor of the column, I have had the opportunity to review some of the history and to reflect upon the goals and intent of the column. Remarkably few changes have been made over the


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