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September 27, 1924


Author Affiliations

From the skin department of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

JAMA. 1924;83(13):996-998. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660130036011

THE ESSENTIALS OF NOURISHMENT  The complete and proper nourishment of the body is gradually assuming a more and more important aspect. The change has taken place, in part on account of the defects and deficient conditions found in the apparently healthy, in part because of the many and varied conditions of disease produced in animals with incomplete and badly proportioned foods; and, finally, through the improvement made in the well being of children and adults by dietary treatment. When the accessory food factors (vitamins) or the substances essential for nourishment have to be taken into account on the one hand, and the faulty food factors, or the refinement, proportion and abnormal ingredients of the diet have to be considered on the other, the requirements of the ingested material or the alimentary mixture for complete and proper nourishment are somewhat exacting. But this is natural and proper in considering the nutritive