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December 24, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(26):2193-2194. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740780045019

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A Lecture on Diet  So much nonsense is written today on diet that a lecture on "Diet, Old and New," by Dr. Chalmers Watson of Edinburgh, a leading dietitian at the Royal Institute of Public Health, London, is welcome. He began by quoting distinguished surgeons as saying that future progress in medicine will occur at the expense of surgery. Of that progress the most likely directions were along the lines of improved nutrition and the influence of the mind on disease. At the annual meeting of the National Sanitary Association, Professor Cathcart had said that any material progress in medicine and improvement in the national health was more likely to be made through a change in the customs and habits of the people than through any other agency. Reminders of the limitations of medical skill were being continually presented, and the most recent reminder was the group of diseases classified

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