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April 6, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(14):1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520400041010

In a recent issue of The Journal1 editorial notice was given to the statements of Dr. Solis-Cohen regarding the sanitary effects of some of the Jewish ritual observances. The Jewish religion is not altogether peculiar in this respect and Christianity has inherited from the Jews some valuable sanitary practices, one of the most important of which, the seventh day rest, was not specially emphasized by Dr. Solis-Cohen. That it is not universally observed in Christian populations is admitted, but that it would be better if it were probably no physician would deny. The institution of Lent was undoubtedly a saving ordinance from a sanitary point of view during a considerable period of the world's history, and in many countries it probably still has a beneficial effect on the public health. The change from a salt meat diet, which was for many centuries largely the rule during the winter months