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December 29, 1923

Fasting and Undernutrition. A Biological and Sociological Study of Inanition.

JAMA. 1923;81(26):2205. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650260047039

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This is an able and comprehensive review of the entire literature on the physiology of fasting by an author who has done considerable work in the field, especially in the physiology of inanition in lower animals. The author states that "in the preparation of the present volume two definite objectives have been sought: first, to collect and to classify what is known about inanition; secondly, to consider the facts in their proper biological setting." These objectives have been achieved with considerable success, although one might have wished that the author had made clearer distinctions between general principles and the mass of details in some parts of the book. The subject matter is treated under the general heads of hibernation and allied phenomena, metamorphosis, fasting in salmon, acute inanition, partial inanition, chronic inanition, intermittent inanition, and inanition and growth. An excellent bibliography arranged under these headings fills eighty-five pages. The book

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