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This is a fairly useful treatise on an old subject. The practice of curing disease by fasting runs back to the earliest records of medical therapy. At certain periods the fasting cure has been applied to almost every known malady and there has not been lacking development of this therapy in the direction of fads and cultism. Dr. Günther presents fairly complete historical accounts of the fasting cures. He presents conditions today under which the good doctor may use short periods of complete fasting or periods of undernutrition as useful adjuncts to other therapies. There is no faddism in the book. For example, Dr. Günther says on page 58 that fasting is an unnecessary procedure in adiposity. There are other adequate methods of handling most of these conditions. In rheumatism there is no doubt that in many cases the patient's symptoms are improved by a period of fasting. The symptoms,
Die wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen der Hunger- und Durstkuren.. JAMA. 1930;95(14):1044-1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720140066044