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January 10, 1925

MACFADDISM AND A STARVATION DEATH

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Gary, Ind. Coroner, Lake County

JAMA. 1925;84(2):136. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660280062034

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Because of the publicity which you have recently given the Bernarr Macfadden publications in Hygeia, I thought you would be interested in the particulars of a case recently coming to my attention.Isaiah Badal died in Mercy Hospital, Dec. 5, 1924. The attending physician had been called only a few hours previous to death and had not made a diagnosis, and because of the history obtained from the friends of the deceased, reported it to this office for investigation. Necropsy (a report of which is herewith inclosed) showed that the man died of starvation; and investigation of the history of the case disclosed the following facts:Isaiah Badal was a cook recently employed at the Great Northern Hotel in Chicago. He became interested in Bernarr Macfadden's publications, particularly physical culture magazines, and went down to New York to see Bernarr Macfadden in person. He was not ill

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