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Article
October 16, 1943

MEDICINE AND THE WAR

JAMA. 1943;123(7):422-427. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840420034014
Abstract

FOOD RATIONING IN ARTIME 

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL  With the inauguration of a point system of rationing on March 1, 1943 the Office of Price Administration became the administrative agency; and the public's traditional peacetime latitude of dietary choice, limited only by ability to pay, was abruptly curtailed. As point rationing was extended to include a broad range of meats, fats and processed foods, it became evident that certain institutions and certain groups of the population would, because of special dietary needs, require special consideration. Prominent among these were hospitals and those sick individuals whose illness demands rationed foods in amounts greater than that provided by their "points." On the Food Distribution Administration of the Department of Agriculture developed responsibility for the equitable distribution of food and therefore responsibility for assuring the needs of the sick and of institutions caring for the sick.Furthermore, it was recognized that

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