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LONDON

REED AND PARDON, PRINTERS,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

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NUTRITIVE REQUIREMENTS IN MAN, CONSIDERED WITH REFER-
ENCE TO TEMPERATURE, CLIMATE, AND SOCIAL OCCUPA-
TIONS-NUTRITION IN ANIMALS-NUTRITION IN PLANTS

CHAPTER IV.

DEFECTIVE NUTRITION, FROM DEFICIENT VITAL POWER-FROM
THE EXISTENCE OF ACUTE DISEASE- FROM AN INSUFFI-
CIENT SUPPLY OF FOOD-FROM THE ABUSE OF ALCOHOLIC
BEVERAGES-FROM AN OVER-SUPPLY OF FOOD-FROM SYM-
PATHETIC REACTION ON THE DIGESTION FROM FUNC-
TIONAL DERANGEMENT, OR FROM ORGANIC DISEASE OF THE

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DIGESTIVE ORGANS .

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PREFACE.

My object in writing the following work has been forcibly to draw attention to the fact, often 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 desirable to

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