Category Archives: nutrition

The elusive nutritional ideal

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 08.36.41Mankind, writes Dalrymple,

has long been in search of the perfect diet, believing it to be the key to immortality. Food is health-giving but also dangerous, and for those inclined to worry about their health, what to eat is a constant source of anxiety. Should I eat this, should I avoid that? Is this food the elixir of life or a deadly poison? (It is usually something in between the two.)

A doctor writes

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Dalrymple is available to answer any questions you may have about corpulence, intemperance, liverishness, lunacy, narcosis, senility, hemp, alimentation, misopædia, inoculation, etc., etc.

Bewilderment, precursor of paranoia

Hospitals have grown ever more bewilderingly kaleidoscopic.