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May 27, 1939

Leben und Ernährung

JAMA. 1939;112(21):2199. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800210093031

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During times of stress proclamations are issued by governments or words of advice are offered by patriotic individuals which relate to the selection of foods. Usually the suggestions are bad in either case. They can be excused only because of the exigencies of the situations which produce them. More than a century ago there occurred the famous recommendation made in France about subsistence on gelatin, which two scientific commissions later showed to be impossible. More recently there were during the World War restrictions on the dietary habits of all people. Even America felt the effects to a moderate extent. Recipe booklets for wheatless bread are interesting items for the collection of any nutritionist interested in the history of diets. So also are accounts of disasters resulting from the misguided advice to eat such substances as rhubarb leaves. The accounts of human dietaries in Germany and Austria during the World War

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