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March 1950

Obesity: The General Practitioner's Guide to the Treatment of the Obese Patient.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;79(3):609. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040010622023

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This monograph is one of the American Lecture Series on Endocrinology. All the past and current theories regarding obesity are reviewed, with reemphasis on the principal cause, overeating.

In several chapters the authors restate the benefits of weight reduction on existing diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, nephritis and the toxemias of pregnancy. They state that statistics reveal that the fetal mortality and obstetric difficulties are greater in obese women. There is also an excellent chapter on diets for weight reduction.

Much attention is paid to the psychic causes of obesity. Compulsive eating is often seen in a child who has some deep-seated emotional problems. Drug therapy, and particularly administration of thyroid, is condemned except in special cases. The authors are of the opinion that the final estimation of the true value of amphetamine has yet to be made.

The bibliography is extensive and complete. The material in this book will

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