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June 19, 1943


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JAMA. 1943;122(8):497-502. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.72840250002007

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Although the importance of diet in the treatment of disease was emphasized by Greek and Roman physicians, a true conception of the value of food as a therapeutic agent has been gained only in recent years. The many ramifications of our knowledge concerning food could not be listed, let alone described adequately, within the scope of this paper. The administration of indicated foodstuffs or their specific constituents to persons with specific deficiency diseases is followed by miraculous improvement. The judicious use of these specific substances as therapeutic agents is revolutionizing the practice of medicine. Even more benefits to mankind would follow the application of this knowledge toward the prevention of these nutritional diseases. Certain it is that proper nutrition is essential for the health and vigor of the higher forms of life, and every living cell in the human body requires specific nutrients. Though the cell must have these nutrients,

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