March 4, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(9):496-497. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450360046006

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There exists in this country and in England, and probably in all other civilized countries, a very numerous and respectable class of people who not only refuse animal food for themselves but carry on a more or less energetic propaganda in favor of vegetarianism. In this country this class includes at least one or two scientific physicians of reputation, and in Great Britain, a medical writer, whose works have done much to mold professional opinion, has, in his latest book, come out as an uncompromising advocate of vegetarian ideas. How far this adherence will affect his general influence is a question, but there is no doubt that his accession will be welcomed as of importance by those to whom he has allied himself. With the laity the question is largely one of sentiment; eating of animal flesh is to some people only a mild form of cannibalism, or at least

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