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June 6, 1931

Dietetics in Warm Climates Including Foodstuffs, Their Analyses and Rôle in Disease.

JAMA. 1931;96(23):1982. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720490062044

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The problems of the tropics are distinctive. The tropical food problems are special because of the difficulty of keeping food under proper sanitary conditions and because of the special foodstuffs used by people who inhabit the tropics. The various chapters of this volume discuss the physiology of tropical dietetics, the use of salts, vegetables and condiments, tropical dietaries and tropical foodstuffs on which these dietaries are based. It provides an analyses of various foodstuffs; it considers the diseases associated with defective dietaries and the complications that arise from insect pests and means for sanitary control. The concluding chapter deals with the future. There are many pages of handsome illustrations. An astounding feature of the volume is the fact that it is interleaved with advertisements for various food products, separating the different chapters. This serves greatly to diminish the respect that might otherwise be accorded it as a useful scientific contribution.

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