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October 12, 1946


JAMA. 1946;132(6):333. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870410021009

The clinical symptoms and signs resulting from slow starvation have been the subject of scanty and contradictory reports. Leyton1 has studied this subject on a group of Russians who had been prisoners of war of the Germans and on a comparable group of British prisoners of war. The two groups prior to hospital admission had been performing similar work, and the only important difference was somewhat better clothing of the British prisoners.

According to Leyton the weight of the food supplied in the German rations was "moderately correct," but much of the food was bad. The Russians were receiving a theoretical 1,600 calories a day with somewhat less than 60 Gm. of protein, nine tenths of which was of vegetable origin. The fat intake was not more than 30 Gm. a day. The vitamin A and vitamin B complex supplied in the diet were just above the minimum considered

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