Medicine: It's My Glands

The doctors were fed up with the 286-lb. woman patient; they were sure that she was cheating on the strict diet they had prescribed. "It's my glands," she protested, but they simply did not believe her. Finally, the 32-year-old housewife agreed to submit to a rigorous test: she would go into the University of Wisconsin hospital in Madison and stay for 30 days, subsisting on a diet of only 600 calories a day. Under such strict supervision, cheat-eating was impossible. To the astonishment of Drs. Edgar Gordon and E. Marshall Goldberg, at month's end she had lost exactly three ounces.

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