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February 24, 1912


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New Haven, Conn.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(8):577. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020261032

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To the Editor:  —The editorial on vegetarianism (The Journal, Jan. 20, 1912, p. 194) gives me an occasion to discuss a few points of interest with regard to this subject.As yet there is no such thing as an ideal diet. Except milk, nothing is intended by Nature to be a food as it is sometimes mistakenly thought. We are adapted more or less perfectly to a set of conditions and the perfection of our physical life depends on a number of factors, and food is not the only important one.A vegetarian diet is not likely to be generally adopted in the near future. I believe, however, that we shall gradually approach it by the increased acceptance of its ethical and hygienic basis. It is quite possible, in my mind, that the diet of the future may not be comparable to a vegetarian diet of to-day. We can foresee

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