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To the Editor:—
In the article by Dr. E. I. Tuohy in The Journal January 20 entitled "Geriatrics in Relation to an Adequate Energy Producing and Protective Diet," there are two points that call for comment. These two corrections, one major and one minor, in no way detract from the general excellence of the article, which stresses matters in the diet of older persons for which the physician may unwittingly have been at fault, limiting more and more of the diet until there is less and less of the patient to eat it.In referring to the word geriatrics, Dr. Tuohy says that "Masters introduced it in a thesis in 1914...." Dr. I. L. Nascher was the author of a large textbook, "Geriatrics," published in 1914, at which time the name came into some general usage. However, in a letter received from Dr. Nascher in July 1938 there is the
Freeman JT. GERIATRICS AND DIET. JAMA. 1940;114(8):679. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810080051025