Medicine: The High Priestess of Nutrition

ADELLE DAVIS doesn't look dangerous. She is a plump, peppy housewife of 68 who lives in an ordinary suburban home in Palos Verdes, Calif., reads bestsellers and the works of Kahlil Gibran, keeps a cat and plays some tennis with her husband Frank Sieglinger, a retired accountant. But to many doctors and nutritionists, she is a menace. She replies in kind, castigating "the money boys" of the food industry and the universities for their "oldfashioned scientific attitude," which she says is more concerned with prestige and abstract research than with people.

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