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October 16, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(7):420. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840420032012

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Elsewhere in this issue (page 422) appears a report made by the Subcommittee on Medical Food Requirements of the Committee on Drugs and Medical Supplies of the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council to the War Food Administration relative to the recommended allowances of certain types of foods for invalids in various categories. The subcommittee contains in its membership representatives of the various sections of the American Medical Association and of special societies in the field of diabetes, hospitals and similar agencies which are greatly concerned with these matters.

The regulation of the distribution of essential foods during war is one of the most difficult problems that have confronted governmental agencies. From available information it is clear that physicians in certain areas have not hesitated to recommend for certain types of disease large amounts of food substances entirely without relationship to the scientific criteria that should prevail

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