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May 1950

La dénutrition: Clinique—biologie—thérapeutique.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;85(5):890. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230110165013

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During the final collapse of the German Reich the French First Army organized a hospital at Marinau for rescued victims of the concentration camps. This book presents the findings on 40 men studied in detail for several months against a background of experience in undernourished France and some 900 references. The major value of the book is in the data on these 40 men selected as exhibiting the severest starvation without other complications. However, the men cannot be considered as suffering from "pure" starvation. Instead of the usual starvation bradycardia, they had resting pulse rates of 90 to 120, and most of them were febrile when hypothermia should have been the rule. Albuminuria and renal damage in many instances further indicate their peculiarity. But the data add much to the picture emerging from such other recent works on starvation as those of Hottinger, Gsell, Uehlinger, Salzmann and Labhart ("Die Hungerkrankheit

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