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August 27, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(9):708-709. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690090058026

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Fats in Diet of the Tuberculous  At the recent meeting of the National Antituberculosis Congress, Dr. Jaquerod of Leysin presented a paper on "The Importance of Fats in the Feeding of Tuberculosis Patients." A tuberculous subject fed essentially on farinaceous and carbohydrate foods may fatten, without offering any resistance to tuberculosis, while a patient who absorbs and well supports a diet rich in albumin—especially a meat diet—although he does not fatten much, will develop greater resistance and recover more easily. Resistance to tuberculosis, conferred by alimentation, is consequently not a function of obesity. Yet the intake of fat is of the highest importance in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. The absorption of fatty bodies allows the latter to arrive directly in contact with the pulmonary tissues before any assimilation or utilization by the rest of the organism has taken place. Peptone and the carbohydrates are absorbed by the veins and

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