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By RYNEARSON EDWARD H.. , M.D., F.A.C.P., Division of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Foundation; and GASTINEAU CLIFFORD F.. , M.D., Fellow in Medicine, Mayo Foundation. 134 pages; 22.5 X 14.5 cm. Charles C. Thomas; , Springfield, Ill.: 1949.. Price, $3.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1950;32(5):998. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-32-5-998_2
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This short book reads so swiftly that the many facts concentrated in nearly every sentence can easily be missed. Striding deftly on and over past concepts and conceits of the overweight problem, the authors make a good case for the thesis that obesity is "simply the result of a large appetite and decreased activity." The physiology of obesity is simplified to a calorie-surface area equilibrium. Associated phenomena are explained as the results—not the causes—of the obesity, the establishment of new habits of eating the only "cure."

The case for non-obesity is succinctly shown, contraindications to weight reduction are briefly and




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