May 1935

Food and Health.

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By Henry C. Sherman. Price, $2.50. Pp. 296. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1934.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1935;55(5):872. doi:10.1001/archinte.1935.00160230165014

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Every one is familiar with Dr. Sherman's valuable original work on problems of nutrition and with his book on the vitamins. The present volume, it appears, is written for the general reader rather than the specialist. While no one can quarrel with the validity of most of the facts, Sherman has unfortunately fallen into that distemper so common with the specialist when presenting his subject to the laity of overemphasizing small points in such a way as to create confusion and alarm in the minds of the readers. The average business man or housewife after studying this book will believe that physical dissolution is at hand unless one begins to live one's life around vitamins, counted calories and balanced rations of salt. Sherman seems to lose sight of the fact that it is only the occasional specially susceptible person who shows clinical evidences of nutritional deficiency on any ordinary sort

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