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August 29, 1914

Lectures on Dietetics.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(9):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570090084038

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The author has undertaken to produce his lectures from the stenographer's notes without revision. The result is a certain familiarity of style that makes the topic interesting. The book deals in principles rather than in detailed facts, and is marked by strong common sense and conservatism. The principle is laid down that the strong man when acutely sick does not need food, although the nutritive needs of the aged and of poorly nourished persons should be kept in mind. In chronic diseases, on the other hand, the need of nutriment should be met by sufficient food even if other forms of treatment are interfered with and some symptoms are temporarily made worse. Therefore the author feeds the patient in chronic diarrhea even if some nourishment is lost by the increased number of bowel movements. Some tables and descriptions of special diets supply data for application to individual cases. The book

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