The government report on "Meat Extracts and Similar Preparations," which we abstract on another page,1 gives occasion for reflection. As physicians we assume a great responsibility in ordering foods, especially in those critical cases in which difficulty is experienced in their retention. We do not always sufficiently realize that by giving preparations having little food value, under the impression that they are nutritious, we may actually starve patients. Reports such as the one under consideration, and from such a source, need to be pondered on seriously by those who have previously used such preparations. The facts set down in this report not only show that the claims regarding the food value of "meat extracts" and "meat juices" are ridiculous, but they make plain the therapeutic limitations of such products. Now that this report is available, there is no excuse for employing such preparations except on the understanding that what
THE FOOD VALUE OF MEAT EXTRACTS AND MEAT JUICES. JAMA. 1909;LII(4):303. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540300043010
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