Medicine: What Grandfather Ate

Professor Richard Osborn Cummings of Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis. once wrote a Harvard thesis on refrigeration. After that he went inside the icebox. Last week Professor Cummings published The American and His Food (University of Chicago Press; $2.50), an important social study of diet and health since 1789. In effect the book is a history of the struggle of meat and potatoes v. vitamins.

Pre-Vitamin Days. Many a thoughtful man wonders how his ancestors got along without knowing about vitamins. Answer: They did not get along very well. Professor Cummings points out that...

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