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December 16, 1911

What Shall I Eat? A Manual of Rational Feeding.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(25):2021. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120211040

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The arrangement of the subject-matter of this book is convenient and rational. Taking up various articles of food the author describes briefly their respective actions on the organs of secretion, assimilation and elimination. He recommends the use or rejection of various foodstuffs and, when discussing debatable questions such as the use of alcohol, white bread, etc., gives the arguments pro and con and leaves the reader to draw his own conclusions. The general tone of the book is sane and conservative. Of the original, the translator says that "the style is facile, succinct and readable." If this is so, much has been lost in the translation, which is characterized by verbosity and obscurity. For example, in giving the author's conclusions regarding meat as a food, we read that "... the extravagant content of nitrogen forms the germination of microbes." Probably what the author really said was that the large nitrogencontent (of

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