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February 18, 1899

Diet and Food: Considered in Relation to Strength and Power of Endurance, Training and Athletes.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(7):382. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450340050015

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This is a little work that will attract more attention, from the peculiarity of some of its views taken in connection with the well-established reputation of its author, whose prior publications have certainly had a very considerable influence on medical thought and opinion. It is in fact, a plea for vegetarianism, and that of a very thorough type, for the author would discard eggs in his diet list as well as all stimulants, including tea and coffee. Of course, uric acid is the text, and it is as containing or engendering this poison that all animal food except milk and its products are rejected or condemned. The author's views and statements as to the comparative power of endurance of vegetarians and meat eaters are rather too comprehensive, and the work is to some extent a purely ex parte argument that does not duly take into account all the facts. The

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