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January 10, 1972

Parenteral Hyperalimentation In Anorexia Nervosa

JAMA. 1972;219(2):217. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190280055020

To the Editor.—  In the second century, Tertullian, in his paper about fasting, expressed the idea that a lighter body has a better chance of being resurrected, also connecting libido with gluttony. The absurdity which was Tertullian's credo seems to be the normal structure behind the anorectic's "logic." These thoughts came to my mind when two patients in a general hospital, at the first glance, presented a typical self-induced concentration-camp syndrome.

Report of Cases.—Case 1.—  This 44-year-old white patient was extremely cachectic and had edematous feet; the skin was paper-thin and wrinkled. She was reported to be overactive in spite of her poor physical condition, and the attendants stated that she had a good appetite and ate well. She sat with a food tray in front of her, conveying the impression that she was drinking, but it was later evident that the quantity did not diminish. Subsequently, attendants