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To the Editor:
—I read with considerable interest the editorial entitled "What is Hunger?" (The Journal, April 6, 1912, p. 1018.) As I have had some little experience with hunger, both personally and among my hunting companions, I venture to contributed a few facts to the discussion.To begin with, there are two distinct states called hunger. The first of these is familiar to every one. It is caused by the loss of one or two meals and is characterized by a desire for food and an empty feeling in the stomach. One may even be "faint with hunger." One good meal relieves this kind of hunger which seems to be the only variety discussed by Professor Cannon.If, however, food be wholly or largely withheld for several days this first variety of hunger almost entirely passes away. As soon, however, as the body loses much weight from starvation the
Wheeler DE. Two Distinct Stages of Hunger. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(16):1218-1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040234024