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August 22, 1931

Clinical Dietetics: A Textbook for Physicians, Students and Dietitians.

JAMA. 1931;97(8):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730080056033

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This is a well written, interesting piece of literature. The discussion of the history of diet is excellently done and throughout the book the story is told in a literary style which leaves nothing to be desired. The book itself is well made and well illustrated. From a practical point of view, however, not as much can be said. It is in many instances one sided and in other instances mistaken. For example, the continuous reference to the necessity of roughage does not consider at all Alvarez's more recent studies on this subject. It seems that the status of roughage is therefore not given the scientific consideration which it deserves but is treated in the "faddist" manner so common in American dietetics. There is on page 118 a criticism of a business man's lunch which carries dietary criticism beyond practical living. In the description of the functional diseases of the

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