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October 1925


Arch NeurPsych. 1925;14(4):435-439. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200160002001

"There are many other ills, different from those of repletion, but no less dreadful, arising from deficiency of diet."—Hippocrates in "Ancient Medicine."

Now and then the Esculapian serpent takes its tail in its mouth and describes a circle, and we return to the teachings of our fathers. Long ago we were told not to be too meticulous in diagnosis, not too heroic in therapy, but to favor as far as possible the healing power of nature, that occult, mysterious biochemical force that often surprises us both by its elusiveness and its efficiency.

It is worth while to read and study carefully both Hippocrates and McCollum on diet, for they are good friends with similarly intelligent outlooks on life and living, and have shaken hands across the years. One can imagine with what delight and sympathetic understanding the Father of Medicine might read "The Newer Knowledge of Nutrition," despite some

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