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The physiology of the various structures of the organism and the choice of the pabulum best adapted to their conservation are subjects that should command our most careful consideration. Formerly when disease was regarded as an entity and a visitation of an offended deity, only little, of course, could be expected to be achieved by dietetic measures. Success that could be obtained, however, by treatment of disease through a change or a restricting of the diet is by no means a modern discovery; the medieval and the ancient writings on medicine reveal many references to the subject. Thus the works of Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine," show that he was not unacquainted with the evil effects arising from an unwise selection of articles of diet; he speaks of the enervation that results to the constitution from abstinence of food. Knowledge of the fundamental principles of dietetics is essential for the
CLARKE AP. CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1898;XXX(2):53–56. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440540001001
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