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May 12, 1951

The Biology of Human Starvation.

JAMA. 1951;146(2):219. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670020141026

This scholarly work admirably fulfils the intent of its authors to provide an inclusive critical treatise on human starvation and undernutrition. The need of such a book was made clear to the authors when in 1944, after several years' work on the immediate problems of military sustenance, they turned their attention to the larger questions of the feeding of peoples. The experimental background of these volumes was provided by the justly famous Minnesota Experiment in which conscientious objectors from the Civilian Public Service Unit voluntarily underwent semistarvation for a period of 24 weeks, during which time appraisals of performance were made by a battery of technics designed to reveal metabolic disturbances and changes in physical capacity and psychological makeup. In addition, the pertinent literature has been critically reviewed and almost 100 pages of references are included at the end of the second volume. Sir Jack Drummond, the British biochemist, in

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