Medicine: Starvation

At Fountain Hill, near Danville, Va., Frank W. Davis, 60, farmer, started to starve himself to death May 12, because he was too old to work, because he had no relatives. He took no food, only water. Last week he was still alive, to his neighborhood's amazement, but not to Medicine's. On June 7, threatened with commitment to the insane asylum, he took food again, having fasted 26 days.

Man can starve himself for 70 days before dying, although some die after 17 days and the average is 40 days.* Death results from general...

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