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October 23, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(17):1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680170050019

Fasting has long had some popular vogue as a remedial procedure, exploited as a rule by faddists. Short fasts have often been used in the treatment of various diseases. These circumstances are in contrast to the fear of undernutrition that confronts many persons who, as a result of some malady, are deprived of their usual energy intake. The contemplation of inanition, undernutrition, hypernutrition and malnutrition, respectively, therefore awakens varied sentiments, depending on the circumstances and the point of view of those concerned. Recently the possibilities of restricted fasting have again been brought into prominence, on the one hand, through the demonstrations that brief periods of inanition in healthy persons are by no means as "devastating" as has frequently been assumed, and, on the other hand, by the circumstance that reductions in body weight are frequently being desired for one reason or another. In some instances, the dictates of feminine fashion