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This is an odd mixture of science, common sense, pseudoscience and evolutionary theories applied to the subject of Bright's disease. It is largely taken up with telling how little is really known about nephritis and how mistaken most of us are in our conceptions of the disease and treatment of it. There is some truth in it, sometimes epigrammatically put, but most of the space is taken up with stating and restating that civilization with its meat, alcohol, clothes and strenuous physical and mental life is responsible for nearly all cases of Bright's disease, and that a temperate life with avoidance of excess of food, especially proteid food—and with care as to environment, will help in warding off Bright's disease or will enable a kidney that is incompetent to perform the unreasonable task ordinarily put on it by civilized man, to be able to functionate if the exorbitant demand be
Nephritis. A Manual of the Disease Commonly Called Nephritis or Bright's Disease and of Allied Disorders of the Kidneys.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(9):797. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530090073026