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October 31, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(18):487-488. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391170011003

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In this country the ceaseless activity of both brawn and brain and the nervous temperament of the people, together perhaps with certain climatic influences, are antagonistic to the accumulation of superfluous fat. In Germany, on the contrary, and to a minor extent in England, where the conditions of life are less wearing, a tendency to corpulence is not uncommon. The people are phlegmatic, and although their struggle for existence is more severe, perhaps, owing to fewer possibilities, it is not characterized by that spirit of haste and rush which in the United States makes life an exhausting race. The habitual consumption of large quantities of malt liquors in Germany is also of influence, doubtless, in the production of adipose tissue. It is not strange, therefore, that the reduction of superabundant fat should have first received scientific consideration in Great Britain and Germany, and that in the latter country at the

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