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The kidney is an organ of secretion and excretion that can carry a heavy load over a short period even while temporarily deranged from normal because of this extra load placed on it and yet has a most emphatic power of reconstruction and early return to normal when this load has been removed.
When one considers the masses as practically always overeating and underexercising, it appears that a certain degree of overload becomes somewhat normal. Not only do the masses overeat at each meal; in many cases they eat too often and nibble or lunch between meals too much.
Further to be considered are the forms of food eaten by the average person. The overindulgence in sweets and alcoholic drinks and the excessive ingestion of proteins merely emphasize the fact and make one the more appreciative of the high degree of resuscitation and regeneration given man when it comes to
FOSTER GS. EXCESSIVE PHYSICAL EXERTION AND ITS EFFECT ON THE KIDNEYS. JAMA. 1939;112(10):891–895. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800100001001
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