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December 1949

Mayo Clinic Diet Manual.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(6):1022. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230060179017

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This is an excellent manual. The material was originally prepared for use in teaching and in planning the diets of patients at the Mayo Clinic; it was put into its present printed form in answer to requests from physicians and from other institutions. It represents the convergent trend but not necessarily unanimity of opinion. Because of the rapid headway being made in the science of nutrition, frequent revised printings are contemplated.

The manual consists of a comprehensive series of dietary tables with a minimum of explanatory notes. It is well planned for easy reference, and the physician can find in it a detailed outline of practically any dietary regimen he may need. It is concise, and the foods are prescribed in household measures.

A few of the dietary patterns appear to the reviewer to be faulty in minor details, such as the relatively large proportion of cream in the milk-cream

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