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March 4, 1893

ADDRESS ON DIETETICS.—MEDICAL FOOD ETHICS NOW AND TO COME.Delivered before the Section of Physiology and Dietetics of the American Medical Association, at its Forty-third Annual Meeting held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1893;XX(9):238-244. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420360014001b

There is no doubt in my mind that most of the common diseases depend upon food for cause and cure save those from wounds, injuries, contagion and infection.

Foods are substances, organic and inorganic, which, taken into the human body become normally changed into the normal tissues of that body and which sustain normal life. On this definition, air is food, water is food, common salt is food, all belonging to the mineral kingdom. It is clear that life cannot exist without air food, for example; cut off all air food from the sick and you cut off the sick from their life and disease.

To put this more clearly take the Sections of this Association, in the order given by the Secretary in The Journal:

Obstetrics and Diseases of Women.—If I can judge from experience, difficult labors and gynecic diseases are largely due to bad feeding before and after