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August 29, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(9):762. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540090044006

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In closing his paper on "The Feeding of the Soldier," read before the section on navy, army and ambulance of the British Medical Association, Major Blackham said: "The whole question of food values is, so to speak, in the melting pot, and the nation as well as the army may well look to us for a solution of the problem which involves such enormous interests. This is no mere professional or class question, but a matter of supreme economic importance to every nation on the globe."

There can be no doubt that the facilities for doing sound scientific work on such problems as dietetics, the use of alcohol, etc., are much better in organized, disciplined bodies, like the army, than is usually the case for civilian observers, because the conditions are more under control and can be more completely adjusted to solve the particular problem. There is some sort of

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