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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 28, 2005

Minor Comments: Hygienic Methods of Eating.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(24):3084. doi:10.1001/jama.294.24.3084-a

Apparently more provision is made to prevent our domestic animals from eating too hastily than is provided in the case of human beings. The horse frequently suffers from his unbecoming and unnecessary haste in eating; confronted by a generous display of oats in the feed-box, he can not resist the inclination to bolt one mouthful so that he may take another, at the expense of his health. According to the Scientific American, a feed-box has been invented in which only a mouthful is in sight at the bottom, and the horse has to eat this before more feed enters the feed-box. The horse is thus compelled to eat his meal in a more wholesome manner. It would be a wise provision to have some arrangement in connection with the “quick-lunch” counters of the cities for men who feel the necessity or the inclination to bolt their food. It is certainly wise to safeguard the health of the horses, but why allow human beings to go their own sweet way in unhygienic habits? We shall look for an adaptation of the horse feed-box scheme, at least for the quick-lunch counter.

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