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June 17, 1939

Sensible Dieting and the Engel Vital Calorie Diets

JAMA. 1939;112(24):2558-2559. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800240074030

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Abstract

In the foreword the author defines himself as "father of a hornet's nest of fads" and accidentally the formulator of the "Hollywood diet." The book is readable if one can tolerate the nonsense neatly sandwiched in. The newly propounded concepts are not only without sound physiologic basis but are in many instances definite misstatements. If taken seriously by intelligent adults, the volume is apt to upset their faith in medical science.

"It is true that shortly after drinking a glass of water the weight may be increased by as much as a pound, but this increase is only temporary" (page 79). Who could be so gullible as to think that "shortly after drinking a glass of water the weight may be increased by as much as a pound"? Is it not still true that "a pint's a pound the world around?" If ingestion of 8 ounces of water results in

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