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December 11, 1937

The Alimentary Factor in Disease

JAMA. 1937;109(24):2014. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780500070036

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This is a curious book and one that is based on a good deal of observation and thinking. The author has worked in many parts of the world on a number of the virus diseases such as encephalitis and yellow fever; also on trypanosomiasis and some of the avitaminoses. Always he has been interested in the fact that the nutrition of an animal and its supply of vitamins influence the type of its reaction to infection. He has found also that the nutrition of an animal can affect its sensibility to roentgen rays. In studying yellow fever he was impressed by the fact that the state of nutrition of the monkeys used as experimental animals had much to do with determining whether or not they survived the infection, and this accounts probably for differences in the mortality rates reported by different investigators. Such differences in nutrition account also for peculiar

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