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September 12, 1942


Author Affiliations

Captain, M. C., U. S. Navy (Retired) WASHINGTON, D. C.
From the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department.

JAMA. 1942;120(2):96-99. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830370008003

In approaching the topic of this paper, may I remind the reader that there is no more important single factor in building and maintaining high morale and keenness in naval personnel than an acceptable diet of high nutritive value. In fact, the import of optimum nutrition, in relation to physical fitness, can hardly be overemphasized. Modern naval warfare presents enormously increased hazards and a continuous state of tension, increased tremendously by the advent of air power, a heavy toll being laid on the physical and nervous stamina of the operating personnel. Not only must the food supply be adequate in quantity, but the variety must satisfy the requirements of a well balanced ration. This poses a difficult problem which can be met only by careful preplanning and skilful supervision.

The administrative responsibility for the subsistence activities of the Navy lies in the Supply Corps, which procures, stores, issues, prepares and

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