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August 26, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(9):682. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590090036011

The great European conflict has focused attention on problems of food supply and nutrition in ways which would long have remained unconsidered during the less critical conditions of peace. The impending necessity of complete self-sufficiency in matters of food supply early compelled Germany to give serious consideration to the situation and to take an inventory of the national food reserves. But this was not all. It led to a serious scientific study of the requirements of a nation in order that the attempts to meet them might be undertaken on a rational basis. With the minimum needs clearly ascertained, the distribution of food could be marshaled so as to prevent distress and promote physiologic efficiency. This was the significance of the Eltzbacher1 monograph, compiled by Germany's foremost students of nutrition, including Zuntz, Rubner, Oppenheimer and Lehmann. The problem of feeding a nation was not left solely to the statistical

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