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June 1, 1912

Synthetic Food and Artificial Nutrition

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1704-1705. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060053026

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To the Editor:  —As one who takes more than a passing interest in The Journal and its editorials, and derives not a little recreation from their perusal, may I be allowed to pen a few words in regard to your recent editorial on the above subject?One contemplates with almost a feeling of awe the researches of Prof. Abderhalden, as he reduces nutrition to elemental simplicity—feeding his animals on amino-acids, glycerol, fatty acids, etc., with satisfaction to himself, and, doubtless, with gratification to his subjects.From the standpoint of the physiologist, such experiments must be of intense interest, but when one leaves the scientific atmosphere of the laboratory and emerges again into the realms of every-day work and responsibility, one cannot help wondering where the utility of such work will be. Are we to feed our patients on tabloid nutrition, and will the physician, when diagnosing his patient's condition, write

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