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January 2, 1943


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Internal Medicine, the Duluth Clinic.

JAMA. 1943;121(1):42-48. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.62840010005010

At the outset I present five reasons why practicing physicians should become interested in the problem of feeding the aged. When they convince themselves that overindulgence and needless restriction in food are both wrong, then will their patients gradually conform. They always have conformed and on many occasions have accepted guidance far less scientifically sound than that outlined in this series on nutrition.

  1. Those living over 60 are now so numerous that their individual needs call for an active aggressive medical approach. The individual, instead of his disease, is our problem. We must become guides or umpires rather than healers and on a long term, rather than a temporary, basis.1 The treatment of diabetes with balanced diets and insulin, of pernicious anemia with liver extracts, illustrates the technic. We have asked repeatedly that we be allowed to keep the "physician-patient" relationship. Here is our opportunity.

Mass efforts