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October 7, 1950

Ernährung und Konstitution

JAMA. 1950;144(6):508. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060070045

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This monograph attempts to prove that environmental and nutritional factors affect the endocrine and metabolic functions, which in turn induce constitutional changes that are responsible for many of the manifestations observed in health and disease. The author, while a prisoner of war in England, had access to the medical literature from which he has gleaned the material that he uses to support his thesis. The result is a well documented summary which includes the recent American and British literature bearing on the subject. Unfortunately, the author lacks any critical sense of values and accepts as facts all the misconceptions and errors with which the literature is replete. He assumes, moreover, that mild endocrine deficiencies may induce pathologic variations that may be diametrically opposed to those seen in definitely proven endocrine disease. Hence, he accepts any observed abnormality as a manifestation of an endocrine and metabolic disturbance attributable to environmental or

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