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August 19, 1893

A Defense of Gastronomy.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(8):280. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420600030004

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When a physician, who also has just claims to the title of philosopher, discourses entertainingly upon a subject of universal interest, his statements should receive attentive consideration; but when the author is an American and a veteran medical editor, he has the right to demand from us not only a hearing, but also a favorable judgment. Dr. Daniel G. Brinton has just favored the public by writing a book on " The Pursuit of Happiness " (Phila., 1893), which abounds in wit and wisdom, and in which he summarizes the experience of an observer of unusual qualifications for the task which he has so well completed. As gastronomy is a medical topic, we extract the following paragraphs on this subject from Dr. Brinton's work for the entertainment of such of our readers as are interested in the æsthetic relations of dietetics:

"All nations of culture have connected a certain solemn joy with

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