Medicine: On an Empty Stomach

G.I.s overseas in wartime had two pet chow-line peeves: 1) powdered milk, 2) powdered eggs. Last week, at the meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago, the combination was hailed as a lifesaver. The reason: thousands of G.I. ex-prisoners of the Germans might have died in U.S. rehabilitation camps but for the discovery that the stomach of a starving man, which rejects meat, cheese or whole milk, can accept much-needed protein in its blandest form.

Reported Dr. Herbert Pollack of Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, formerly the Army's chief medical consultant in the ETO: the powdered-milk-&-egg mixture, which is 50% whole protein,...

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