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August 1951

The Biology of Human Starvation. Two Volumes.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(2):265. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810080133016

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When Shakespeare had Caesar say, "Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look...," he was making an observation based on the accumulated empirical reasoning of centuries. "The Biology of Human Starvation" records the use of modern scientific methods to establish the fact that changes in the nutritional state can be correlated with the personality structure. As one reads these volumes, any first impression that this thesis is not new is modified to one of respect and admiration for the authors. These studies of semistarvation on young volunteers who were classified as conscientious objectors during the World War II will be remembered as much for the historical record and analytical evaluations of the older data on hunger and starvation as for the new research described.

Forewords by Jack C. Drummond, Russell M. Wilder, Charles Glen King and Robert R. Williams are lavish in praise and help to correlate the world's economic

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