The larger part of the activities of man are spent in search of nutriment. In his diligence nothing escapes attention either in the animal or vegetable kingdom. A ceaseless and relentless hand is laid on almost every living or growing thing to provide material to appease and satisfy human appetite. Nothing great nor small, of either real or fancied value as nutriment, is missed by man, determined to have all there is to eat and drink. The animal cell has not changed in any particular during the period of its existence, and the requirements for growth and repair remain as ever the same. Even with the vast modifications since the advent of steam and electricity, primitive and simple limitations at this time govern a considerable proportion of the human family in its food-supply. There are whole races of men of sturdy and enduring structure subsisting on one or more natural
LEE E. FOOD AND DRINK. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(8):465–467. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610080017001g
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