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Gilbert H. Marquardt, M.D.; George M. Cummins Jr., M.D.; Lloyd A. Riggs, Ph.D.; Charles I. Fisher, M.D.
JAMA. 1954;154(14):1164-1167. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480016005.
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The therapeutic need of high protein dietary intake has been recognized by both surgeons and clinicians for many years. For the internist,1 above-normal protein intakes by patients are essential in the treatment of many diseases characterized by hypoproteinemia, such as starvation, nephrosis,2 sprue, pellagra, chronic colitis, certain liver afflictions,3 and anorexia from a variety of causes. Also, high protein intake is often beneficial in the treatment of diseases in which protein catabolism is increased such as in thyrotoxicosis and prolonged high fevers. To the surgeon, a high protein intake has been associated with adequate wound healing and speedy convalescence.4 And the geriatrician, who is faced by dietary problems peculiar to the age of his patients, finds adequate protein ingestion a preventative necessity.5 Not least, the pediatrician is ever mindful of the importance of sufficient protein to meet growth as well as metabolic needs of the


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