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April 24, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(17):1425-1426. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570430057016

The vegetarian propaganda, heretofore based in many instances on moral, religious or sentimental grounds, has of late turned to the science of nutrition for a justification of its claims. There has been a frank attempt on the part of the advocates to abandon sectarian and fanatical views and to seek recognition in the outcome of experimental researches for the vegetarian regimen both as a rational dietary and as a curative agency. The extremes of definition are being abandoned. In the words of a recent advocate, for all intents and purposes a vegetarian is one who does not habitually make use of flesh foods, in contradistinction to the habitual user.1 Vegetarianism now frankly aims to emerge from a sentimental idea into a scientific truth. "It is in the name of science," Buttner1 writes, "that we advocate it. It is also science that will rescue it from the exaggerations of well