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December 9, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(24):2017-2018. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640240051025

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Effect of Undernutrition on Health Conditions  In studying the problem of undernutrition, Dr. von Tysska of Hamburg investigated, during the past year, the state of nutrition of the German working man today as compared with the prewar period. He examined three members of a working man's family in Altona and 147 families of railway employees in Hamburg. The families of the 147 railway employees are separated, on the basis of income, into eight different groups. In the sixty-seven families belonging to the middle range of income, the normal daily food requirement per person is 2,200 calories, or 68.6 gm. of albumin, 44 gm. of fat and 342.9 gm. of carbohydrates. The number of calories actually received daily by each person, on an average, was 1,940, or 52.6 gm. of albumin, 37 gm. of fat and 328.1 gm. of carbohydrates. Thus, only 88.2 per cent, of the normal caloric needs was

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