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December 31, 1892

THE UNITED STATES NAVAL RATION.Read in the Section of Physiology and Dietetics, at the Forty-thrd Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(27):763-769. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420270001001

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In accordance with the desire of the American Medical Association, made known to Surgeon-General J. Mills Browne of the Navy, by the officers of the Section on Physiology and Dietetics, I have the honor to submit the following contribution on the U. S. Naval Ration and the system of dietetics commonly in use in the Naval Service.

You desire to know how we nourish and subsist the American Naval man, upon what principles and scale his dietary is composed, the nutritive and dynamic values of the articles composing it, and the general results both to himself and his country. As the problem implies some retrospection, and as the principles and knowledge guiding us are universal, I beg to be allowed to give some account of the present systematic training of vast bodies of men for armies and navies, and the bearing this has on the hygiene and development of whole

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