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January 15, 1927

Practical Dietetics for Adults and Children in Health and Disease.

JAMA. 1927;88(3):196. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680290058037

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In the introduction to this book the author says "It is impossible to prescribe correct dietaries based exclusively on a classification of diseases. The diet should be individualized for each particular case: to be successful it must be adapted to the patient as well as to the disease." This statement will be accepted as a fact by most physicians: yet in this book are diets for all kinds of diseases, rather arbitrarily assembled. Such diet lists certainly have a function in furnishing a basis for dietary guidance, but can never be used as an absolute index of what to eat or what to avoid. Little is absolutely proved in dietetic therapy; in a question such as the controversy about roughage in mucous colitis, it would seem more scientific to present both sides of the question rather than to dismiss one side as "illogical" on an argument ("the already injured intestinal

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