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July 17, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(3):252. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580030044019

In a recent issue of The Journal,1 the way was discussed in which the European war has changed the supply of readily available foods, and brought about an enforced movement toward a partial vegetarian regimen, in place of the more extensive use of meats, eggs, butter and wheat products. In a minor degree these changes, being the subject of governmental regulation and enforcement, place new restrictions on the dietary of the sick. Those who depend on a more or less strict ration may be affected in both an economic and a mandatory way. The patients concerned belong chiefly to the categories of gastro-intestinal, diabetic, gouty and nephritic cases. The number of persons thus involved is, comparatively speaking, not large. The diabetic for whom cost happens to be a matter of determining importance is advised by Schmidt2 to replace the expensive fresh meats and poultry by cheaper smoked products