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April 12, 1913

The Protein Element in Nutrition.

JAMA. 1913;60(15):1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340150062030

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The author's object is to disprove Chittenden's contention that good health and efficiency can be maintained on a low protein diet. The evidence in disproof is derived from a careful study of diets in India and of the people there. The analyses of dietaries of various tribes and sects in India are given and discussed. The physical character of these people is also described and to some extent illustrated by pictures.

The first chapters make an excellent summary of the physiology of protein digestion, assimilation and elimination. Numerous and interesting original studies of protein assimilation and elimination of groups of natives of India are described in detail. The Bengali live constantly on a diet which is almost exactly that advocated by Chittenden. Most of the other inhabitants of India, live on a more generous diet, especially one richer in protein. The author points out that the Bengali are physically a

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