September 1956

A Devotion to Nutrition.

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By Frederick Hoelzel. Price, $2.50. Pp. 88, with no illustrations. Vantage Press, Inc., 120 W. 31st St., New York 1, 1954.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(3):386. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250270130021

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This a chatty little book by one who has obviously devoted a large share of his life to introspecting and speculating about the function of his alimentary canal in terms of fitness, subjective sensations, and the like. Hoelzel's work as a subject in Carlson's laboratories adds a note of historic interest. It is an intensely personal document by one who approaches scientific problems with the enthusiasm of a zealot rather than the objectivity of a critical and skeptical student. One of the major features is the large number of historic allusions to food fads and faddists of fifty years ago. In the realm of science nothing has given rise to so much speculation as food and nutrition. It has been largely neglected by clinical investigators for so long it is not surprising that such an important area has been invaded by the enthusiast and the crackpot.

This book will not

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