Medicine: Hungry Men

Hunger and starvation have stricken every part of the earth at one time or another. Yet despite the tragic abundance of source material, medical science does not know very much about what happens in the human body when it runs short of food. Still less is known about what happens to the mind. Last week, researchers gathered at the University of Minnesota to celebrate the completion of a monumental work, The Biology of Human Starvation (University of Minnesota, 2 vols.; $25). The book satisfies some of man's hunger for knowledge about his hungering body...

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