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August 28, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(9):673-674. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680090051018

The problem of the rôle of protein in nutrition seems to be of perennial interest. Like many highly debated themes, it appears to have become the subject of agitation as well as investigation, with the result that one may find devotees of the most antipodal views. Furthermore, among these the pendulum of preference seems to swing from one extreme to another, while moderation in protein intake remains a norm for those not given to excesses or remissions of any sort. A few years ago, much emphasis was placed on the asserted advantage of a dietary comparatively poor in protein. The advocates of a low-protein regimen were insistent on the physiologic economy and blessings that it was assumed to represent. In contrast with this, a recent article1 presents the arctic experiences of the explorer Stefansson, who lived about nine years on a diet essentially of meat and water. The testimony

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