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November 1, 1919

SOME EFFECTS OF FOOD RESTRICTIONS IN EUROPE

JAMA. 1919;73(18):1364. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610440044017
Abstract

In an elaborate review of the effect of war-time food conditions in Germany on the nutrition and health of her people, Professor Determann1 concludes that the most significant consequences of the war diet are chargeable to its small fuel value. Emaciation, weakness and decreased resistance to present or acquired disease have increased mortality and morbidity in an amazing degree, especially among older persons and in large cities. In confirmation of the untoward effect of the lowered calory intake we now have the added testimony of Professor Loewy2 of Berlin, who admits that the outcome of the enforced dietary conditions has demonstrated that the views accepted with respect to the metabolism of energy in peace time apply with equal truth during war.

What were the outstanding features of the rations supplied to the people of the Central Empires toward the end of the war period? They were low in

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