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NUTRITION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

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JAMES HENRY BENNET, M.D.

MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, LONDON;

LATE OBSTETRIC PHYSICIAN TO THE ROYAL FREE HOSPITAL; DOCTOR OF
MEDICINE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS;

BACHELOR OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES OF THE SORBONNE, PARIS;
FORMERLY RESIDENT PHYSICIAN TO THE PARIS HOSPITALS

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

My object in writing the following work has been to draw attention, forcibly, to the fact, constantly overlooked, that the imperfect performance of the digestive and nutritive functions leads, slowly but surely, to ill-health, to disease, and to death. In order to make myself perfectly intelligible, I have prefaced the pathological details into which I have entered with a brief account of normal digestion and nutrition, as elucidated by modern physiological and chemical research.

The physiological facts and doctrines advanced are those generally received, and will be found more or less developed in all recent treatises on physiology. I am fully aware that some of these doctrines are still a subject of discussion between recent experimentalists, but I have not thought it

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