Medicine: Thought for Food

A fat encyclopedia of food by a diet expert who loves to eat was published last week by Dr. Asa Crawford Chandler of Rice Institute, Houston, Tex. Dr. Chandler seldom counts calories, is never finicky. He claims that the flesh of rattlesnakes is "delicious and nutritious," that "grasshoppers, caterpillars and termites . . . afford wholesome food if there is no acquired aversion." Besides these odd chips of information, Dr. Chandler's book (The Eater's Digest, Farrar & Rinehart; $2.75) is packed with practical discussions on such things as digestion, nutritional diseases, bellyaches, diet during pregnancy, ravenous children, vitamins (if...

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