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June 28, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(26):2854-2855. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820260028008

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Almost daily it is becoming more apparent that those nations are most likely to survive which will be able to keep their people and armies supplied with the essentials of the diet necessary for health and growth. Hunger is a devastating phenomenon. Some one with a genius for phraseology has classified hunger into hollow hunger and hidden hunger. Hollow hunger is the form induced by the absence of enough food; hidden hunger occurs in people who satiate themselves with vast quantities of food and fail to realize that certain minimal amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fats, mineral salts and vitamins are essential to health. Here in America, most prosperous of all the nations in the world, both types of hunger are apparent. Statistics on nutrition have been made available based on studies of selected groups in various portions of the country. Some of the conclusions drawn from these figures are hardly

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