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May 30, 1936

INFLUENCE OF THE DEPRESSION ON THE NUTRITION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Author Affiliations

BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

JAMA. 1936;106(22):1865-1869. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770220001001
Abstract

The present-day depression is having a profound influence on the lives of the American people. Which of two groups of factors, the emotional or the material, is most potent it is difficult to say. Unquestionably the former has had a far reaching effect, for disappointment, the destruction of hopes and ambitions, the humiliation that comes with failure, and loss of morale, each has had its influence, sometimes a devastating one. It should not be forgotten, however, that the reverse of this has occasionally obtained and the picture been lightened by the improvement in health and spirits that comes from a simpler diet and slower tempo of life. But what of the material side? What have been the effects of the depression, if any, on the nutritive state of the American people? Have they suffered in this respect, and to what degree?

It seems hardly necessary to point out first of

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