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June 5, 1909

Parcimony in Nutrition:

JAMA. 1909;LII(23):1855. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540490053024

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This book is frankly polemical. It is a reply to the arguments of Horace Fletcher and of Professor Chittenden of Yale, who maintain that much less proteid food is needed than is prescribed in the standard diets of Voit and Atwater.

Chittenden's experiments and conclusions are interesting and the latter tempting to the medical man who frequently has to prescribe for patients with stomach disorders and who has learned that he can contribute greatly to their comfort and ultimately lead them to recovery chiefly by curtailing the quantity of food which they eat. Crichton-Browne's arguments are chiefly these: "First, that it is an initial objection to Chittenden's view which is not easily met that it contravenes all human experience." The standard diets of Voit and Atwater represent the average usage of civilized men; at least those of Europe and America. Crichton-Browne has collected statistics which seem to show that even

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