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To the Editor:—Because there are differences of opinion with regard to the effect of nutrition on the skin, the following record of prolonged observation is offered for your consideration.
About 1890 the Lanette, Ala., cotton mills were built on the farm on which I was born and a cottonseed oil press operated nearby. Housewives gathered around a demonstration of the use of this oil in cooking. In 1896, as a freshman who preferred books to meat, I went on a Hindhede diet (chiefly bread and milk) for three months. My skin became rough and irritable but cleared up after three months of eating fat meat and drinking oil. In 1912 I drank 1 ounce (28 cc.) of cottonseed oil every day for six months, with similar results.
In 1918, while I was serving with the Nutrition Division, United States Army, an exudative eczema developed that interfered with military
McClendon JF. DEMONSTRATION OF EFFECT OF NUTRITION ON THE SKIN. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(5):401–402. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510290106025