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June 30, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(9):901. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970090127026

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To the Editor:—  The recent nationwide publicity given to one phase of our dietary work may lead to some misunderstanding. The low-protein diets, either normal food mixtures or liquid formulas, were developed as test diets for studies of appetite and energy storage. Although they can be used for reduction of obese patients, these diets are in no sense curative. We do not know of any evidence to suggest that obesity is caused by a fault in protein metabolism. In our opinion the physician, not the diet, reduces the fat patient, and the choice of any particular diet is a matter of convenience.The publication of a book and magazine articles by Mr. Roy de Groot on what he refers to as "The Rockefeller Diet" has brought us a number of inquiries. The designation "The Rockefeller Diet" is inaccurate, for the low-protein diet is only one of many diets that have

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