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July 1937

Dietetics for the Clinician.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;60(1):177-178. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00180010182016

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While diet is, of course, of immense importance in medicine, there are only a few diseases—above all diabetes—in which accurate dietary prescriptions are necessary. Indeed, it is better as a rule to lay down simple principles rather than to burden the patient with detailed lists. The reviewer's main feeling on seeing this immense volume was therefore one of curiosity as to how it was possible to fill over a thousand pages in dealing with the subject; but a casual glance at the contents reveals promptly a great deal that is of questionable value. It is true that all the major considerations of diet are well presented, but the book would be better without the introduction of meaningless diet lists by the hundred for every possible condition. Under the heading of scurvy, for example, one is given not only a list of the foods containing vitamin C but a list of

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