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April 6, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(14):1003. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600140035016

During recent months, many physicians have been asked regarding the possible effects of the various newly imposed or proposed dietary restrictions or innovations on the health of the individual. Despite the widespread acquiesence of our population in the dictates of the national and state food administrations, there is not unnaturally a frequent final appeal to the members of the medical profession for approval of such changes as have been proposed in the interest of the movement to help win the war. Among other plans for conservation, a reduction in the use of sugar has been urgently requested and, indeed, made inevitable at times when local shortage has curtailed the available supply so that the customary quota is not forthcoming. A summary compiled for the War Emergency Food Survey Section of the Bureau of Markets1 furnishes facts that will enable us to draw conclusions more definite than those permitted by