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July 12, 1902

Practical Dietetics, with Special Reference to Diet in Disease.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(2):94. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480280036019

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This volume is the second edition which has been brought out to meet the demands of an increasing interest in the subject. It has been revised throughout and in part rewritten and about 30 pages of new matter added. It will be found in the main a reliable exposition of its theme. The different views of the disputed questions are generally fairly stated. In regard to the much-discussed action of alcohol, Dr. Thompson's views are conservative and he follows closely the finding of Atwater and his conclusions. He does not mention, however, the fact that the use of very moderate doses of alcohol has a depressing effect on the performance of the work of the nervous system as shown by German investigators like Aschaffenburg, but simply says that it is a stimulant to the nervous system, quickening its action as a stimulant. This is hardly borne out by the experiments

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