November 29, 1947

Rehabilitation Through Better Nutrition

JAMA. 1947;135(13):876. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890130066032

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This monograph, by an untiring worker in the field of nutrition, is a statement of the author's views on nutritional deficiences, how they incapacitate and how patients may be rehabilitated. It is based on Dr. Spies's extensive experience in the field of nutrition, with specific reference to the study of nutritional rehabilitation undertaken at the Hillman Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. A large number of patients with nutritive failure were individually treated over a prolonged period.

The author states that he selected only patients who were debilitated by nutrition failure and who could work if their health was restored. He discusses the diagnoses of various vitamin deficiencies, the related anemias, therapeutic principles and results. In conclusion there is a brief recapitulation of his observations. Dr. Spies decries the tendency of many physicians to treat nutritional deficiency as a short term problem in which treatment is stopped after the abeyance of acute

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