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July 4, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(1):40-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730010044019

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Unbalanced Diets and Disease  At the Royal College of Surgeons, before a distinguished audience with the president, Lord Moynihan, in the chair, Col. Robert McCarrison, who is a well known authority on deficiency diseases and goiter, delivered two lectures on "Surgical Aspects of Faulty Nutrition." The great value ofhis work lies in the fact that he has given a rigorous experimental demonstration of practical conclusions of the first importance. He is the director of Nutritional Research of the Indian Fund Research Association. His laboratories are at Coonoor in the Blue Mountains of southern India in an equable and salubrious climate. Here he maintains under ideal hygienic conditions a stock of albino rats of which he uses about 1,000 every year. They are fed on a diet similar to that of certain peoples of northern India, among whom are some of the finest physical specimens of mankind. This diet consists of

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