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July 6, 1901

Aphorisms, Definitions, Reflections, and Paradoxes, Medical, Surgical and Dietetic.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(1):41. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470270047026

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This work is a series of reflections on medical subjects; largely on the importance of diet and its errors in the production of disease. The author is a neologist from the beginning, though the additions to our language which he makes are not so numerous as they are prominent in this book. It is a thoughtful work that almost any physician can pick up and read with interest, though he may occasionally find some minor point where he may disagree with the author. Nearly all disorders, according to the author's views, arise from errors in the diet; eating too much, or eating too often, or what he calls polysiteism and pollaki-siteism. The book belongs to a class that is perhaps less common at the present time than it was earlier in the history of medicine, but that does not mean that it is a work behind the times. It contains

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