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Wollheim and Schauinslaud "seek to present to the American medical profession a dispassionate outline of the theoretical and general principles" of this salt-free, high vitamin diet designed for the treatment of tuberculosis. From their brief review of the literature on the diet, in which favorable results are given in some detail, while failures are dismissed with mere mention of the names of the authors reporting them, one suspects that their approach is not entirely dispassionate. However, almost all the literature cited indicates that the diet is of definite value in the treatment of cutaneous tuberculosis, and some of the papers reviewed present beneficial effects on other forms of tuberculosis.
In discussing the mechanism of the diet the authors admit that "the mode of action of the diet is not known definitely." It seems that the diet owes most of its effect to its dehydrating action, for it contains a preponderance
The Herrmannsdorfer-Sauerbruch Diet.. Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(4):1087-1088. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970100265027