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February 17, 1934

Diet and Personality: Fitting Food to Type and Environment

JAMA. 1934;102(7):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750070062030

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This book is intended to stress the fact that diet must be adjusted to individual conditions. It is really an elementary book of general hygiene and includes discussions of rest, sunshine and mental habits, in addition to the discussions of diet. Its title is misleading, and the subtitle even more so, although some of the chapters deal with structural types—the stocky, the slender, the underweight and the middle-aged. The writer's descriptions of the personalities that go with these types are naive, and they are quite far from the beliefs of modern psychiatry. There are other chapters, which treat of such subjects as susceptibility to infections, indigestion and constipation, which, although they may affect the personality, are not of such moment, nor is their connection with it so well known, as to warrant their being included in a book supposedly on personality. The fact that the author stresses the effect of

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