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January 24, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(4):289-290. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720300059028

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To the Editor:  —A recent issue of The Journal (December 6, p. 1762) contains a letter from C. Robert Moulton of the Institute of American Meat Packers, written "in defense of the editorial entitled 'Is a Meat Diet a Menace?' (The Journal, September 20, p. 866) and in reply to the criticism of Dr. Mark Falcon-Lesses (The Journal, November 8, p. 1445)."The editorial referred to states that a diet consisting solely of muscle tissue is admittedly harmful but that the tribes naturally adapted to a "meat regimen" include an abundance of tissue fats, bone marrow and various organs, in addition to muscle in their diet. The editorial then refers to recent experiments (J. Biol. Chem.87:651 [July] 1930) in which two arctic explorers lived for a year exclusively on "flesh foods" in imitation of the diet of the Eskimos. The protein intake varied from 100 to 140 Gm., and

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