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September 21, 1918

Diet and Health with Key to the Calories.

JAMA. 1918;71(12):999. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600380063026

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Abstract

By its title this booklet assumes to be a parody on the guide of a well known religiomedical cult. This, however, appears only slightly in the text in the form of a few of the side headings. The book is intended primarily for the lay public. It contains some good advice in simple language. It explains to the layman the meaning of the calory and the value of this knowledge in choosing diet for the treatment both of obesity and of undesirable thinness, if in a person otherwise normal the latter condition may be said to exist. The book is not serious in tone, but in spots quite facetious; in fact, in some places the humor is even a little forced. Regardless of the financial success of various books for instructing the obese how to become sylphlike and effervescent, it is likely that the personal touch of the instructor with

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