Medicine: Least for Life

Last summer thousands of Chinese died from starvation in the flooded Yellow River valley. In besieged Madrid the number of persons reported dying from starvation every week has recently risen to 2,000. Faced by these grim facts, a subcommittee of the League of Nations' Technical Commission on Nutrition, headed by Britain's famed Sir Edward Mellanby, met in August to find out exactly how much a man must eat in order to stay alive. Last week the Lancet printed the nutritionists' report. The report suggested a basic minimum diet for war-torn countries which would...

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