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January 26, 1918


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New York. Director, Bureau of Hospitals, Department of Health

JAMA. 1918;70(4):258-259. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600040056023

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, Dec. 22, 1917, p. 2102, is an item dealing with the monotony of sanatorium diets that concerns every sanatorium superintendent who believes that the methods of his institution reduce the monotony of meals to the minimum.In the sanatorium of the Department of Health of the City of New York, food is ranked second only to medicine in the treatment of the case. Plain, wholesome food, approximating as nearly as possible home cooking in its preparation, is served. The menu is arranged to cover a period of four weeks, thus avoiding the weekly repetition of the same meals on regular days. The patient cannot prognosticate the roast beef day, the corned beef day, the lamb stew day, etc., as is the case in so many boarding houses. No restrictions are placed on the patients as to the number of helpings they shall have, and

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