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April 4, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(14):488-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410660020009

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The Benefits of a Satisfied Stomach.  — Aside from the well-known aphorism touching the importance of a well-filled stomach upon the joy of the individual, there now comes a confirmation of an opinion which has long been held among physicians, viz., that a full stomach acts as a force against the invasion into the system of the peculiar poisons of many diseases. Experiments have recently been made which go to show quite conclusively that hunger lessens the ability of the body to defend itself against disease germs. This comes not alone from the fact that the stomach, and sympathizing organs, are actively engaged in that work which they are physiologically destined to perform, but as well from the general effect this may have upon those guiding and governing centres of the central nervous organization, and, also, probably, other factors of which we have but little knowledge.

A New Interpretation.  —An

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