The study of dietetics from the earliest ages among people of different nations that have cultivated the art of medicine has often been an important subject for consideration. Thus,in the Hippocratic Treatises mention is made of diet in health as well as in disease. In the treatment of certain fractures the ancients had different grades of diet, as the full,the ordinary, and the low. The diet was sometimes restricted; food that was of a laxative character was not unfrequently employed. Abstinence from flesh and from wine was often enjoined; in such cases a more nourishing diet was gradually resumed. The aphorisms of Hippocrates embody many regulations respecting diet. A slender and restricted diet in chronic disease was regarded by Hippocrates as always dangerous. In the more acute diseases an attenuating diet was used. From the writings of the ancients it is evident that they attained to a high degree of
CLAEKE AP. DIET IN ITS RELATION TO THE TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE. Read before the Section of Physiology and Dietetics at the Forty-third Annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(24):679–682. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420240001001
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