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November 15, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(20):1530-1531. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610460048014

There are many lessons taught by the experience of war time that should not be lost, even if the recurrence of its restrictions and hardships is an unlikely event. The shortage of food is an accompaniment of conditions that may arise quite apart from war. Famine may make its appearance in the midst of peace; harvests sometimes fail even when there is no clash of arms among nations. It is therefore the part of wisdom to learn how to live in times of food stringency so as to avoid as far as possible any detriment to human health and impairment of human efficiency.

The reports circulated with respect to the food restrictions enforced in many localities by the exigencies of war are more or less conflicting. We are assured by certain enthusiasts that the more economical modes of nutrition have frequently been attended with beneficial results. One heard the remark,