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Food and the Principles of Dietetics

Nature volume 88, pages 476477 (08 February 1912) | Download Citation



“THACKERAY is said to have remarked that he A got some of his best thoughts ‘when driving home from dining out with his skin full of wine’. We need not doubt it, for the statement embodies a physiological truth. It was his skin which was full of wine, for alcohol dilates the surface blood-vessels....” Impressed in such a manner, this minor measure of physiological truth is seen on its way towards penetration of the reader's interest and retention in his memory. If any advocate of temperance doubts the sense of judgment which appears to admit the major portion of Thackeray's statement as equally a physiological truth, he will probably change his mind on reading the excellently balanced articles in this volume dealing with this and similar.controversial subjects. He will in any case admit the value of the admirable style in which the author's opinions are clearly conveyed, leaving not one of the many “pros” and “cons” swathed in any mist of verbal confusion.

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