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March 26, 1910


Author Affiliations

Lecturer on Physiology, Atlanta School of Medicine; Gastroenterologist to the Tabernacle Infirmary ATLANTA, GA.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(13):1025-1026. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550390004002a

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The rôle of fat in the human organism may be considered as material, esthetic, and psychic. The first may be physiologic, pathologic, or economic in its aspect; the second may mark the difference between the rounded anatomic contour, displaying at its best the human form divine, the beauteous Venus, the plump Cupid, and the haggard ugliness shown in emaciation, or in the stage of the "shrunk shank" and "the lean and slippered pantaloon."

The psychic manifests its influence over the temperament and disposition from earliest infancy throughout life, and I shall endeavor to prove that in this particular the rôle of fat has not received sufficient consideration.

Protein, that prolific source of animal energy and vigor, needs no advocate to plead its rights, for by its very nature the protein content will always command a liberal share of attention. Fat, however, is often unappreciated, often misunderstood, and more often unjustly

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