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August 25, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(17):1700. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970170096023

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To the Editor:—  I wish to make certain comments about obesity and dieting in addition to those that appeared in my letter to the Editor in The Journal, June 30, page 901. The formula diet developed at the Rockefeller Institute Hospital is but one of many diets that have been used for the treatment of obesity. We have found it to be a convenient schedule but do not claim any unique properties for it. Other clinics, incidentally, have used similar liquid diets for initial reduction of weight. We have made a careful review of all available nutritional literature and have found no evidence to suggest that a diet with the proportions of protein, carbohydrate, and fat naturally occurring in human milk can produce any lesion of the liver, blood vessels, or any other vital structure.The dangers of low-protein diet referred to in my previous communication concern specifically the diet

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