Medicine: Calories Do Count

Calories Don't Count, promised the book's catchy title, and overweight Americans looking for a painless way to reduce took the promise literally. They ran the book's sales to more than a million copies in less than a year. Last week, in commenting on a default decree, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration blasted the volume as full of false ideas, charged that it had been written and promoted to boost the sales of worthless capsules of safflower oil.

Nominal author of the book is Dr. Herman Taller, 50, a Rumanian-born physician who practiced obstetrics...

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