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July 1914

The Fundamental Basis of Nutrition.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1914;XIV(1):143-144. doi:10.1001/archinte.1914.00070130150011

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On so vast a subject as nutrition it takes a great man to write a small book. Most of the controversial questions in nutrition are touched on in this little book of 51 pages, yet without bewildering the general reader with too much

technicality and discussion. Professor Lusk frankly recognizes the importance of the difference in the diets of different races and different climates. The account of the diet of Eskimos is especially interesting. The author notes that "although these people are the greatest meat eaters in the world, there is practically no gout among them. Also there is no quarreling. If two persons do not like each other, they simply move away from one another, but a blow is never struck." This point is made, no doubt, in answer to the claim so often made by vegetarians that meat stimulates the more quarrelsome side of our natures. Though aware

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