The various studies concerning the high calory diet which have been carried out in Bellevue Hospital during the last ten years, have established beyond question the value to the individual typhoid patient of the maintenance of an optimal state of nutrition.1 Contrary to the common belief, it was found that large quantities of selected foods could be taken without disturbance of digestion. Likewise, it was found that food is absorbed by the typhoid patient practically as completely as by healthy men. Under the high calory diet the febrile loss of body protein is reduced to a minimum or altogether prevented. Investigations of the total metabolism of typhoid patients have shown that large amounts of food are consumed with avidity, any excess over the immediate needs being laid by for future use.
None of these studies, however, furnished more than indirect evidence of the influence which the high calory diet