995.4.14: "System of Diet Writing", 1933

Additional Images

Image No. 3329 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

"System of Diet Writing" written by William S. Collens, B.S., M.D., Chief of Diabetic Clinic, Israel Zion Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y. A black leatherette ring binder with two clasps containing a diet calculator, an obesity chart, diet formulary and menu prescription forms at the rear to be filled by the doctor. The diet calculator and the obesity chart provide considerable amounts of data on circulating wheels, so that it is simple for the physician to make up diets containing given amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrate to meet the necessities of cardiorenal disease, neuroses or epilepsy. The obesity diets are calculated to provide menus for the various meals of the day containing definite amounts of protein, fats and carbohydrates and also to meet minimum caloric requirements. Binder dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 995.4.14
Collection: Nutrition/Diet
Date: 1933

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 15.5 cm
  • Width: 25.5 cm
  • Depth: 4 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • card,
  • chrome plate,
  • leatherette,
  • paper,
  • printing ink,
  • steel,
  • textile

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Form Publishing Company
  • Owner: Dr. Andrew Davidson
  • History of Use: The volume was useful to general practitioners who felt the need of preparing special diet lists for individual patients in their office practice. The Canadian Medical Association Journal May 1935 review reads; "An attempt has been made in this book to condense the subject of diet in such everyday problems of diabetes, nephrosis, epilepsy, obesity, etc. There is an ingenious arrangement for calculating diets according to individual needs rather than relying entirely on set combinations. By this arrangement it is possible to work out a very extensive list of diets; indeed there are 1,800 varieties of these. Information is given as to different types of diets, and there are also a number of blank menu prescription forms to be given to patients. Altogether the book is extremely practical and compact." Used by Dr. Andrew Davidson [1885-1972] a military doctor [Captain] and a noted dermatologist who served in both WW1 and WW2. He served in France as an officer [Captain] for the Royal Army Medical Corps (1915-1917) and in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1917-1919), specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of venereal and skin diseases. In 1939, he returned to active military service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was involved in the institution of the PULHEMS system. This is a system for classification of soldiers, the acronym stands for: P – physical capacity, U – upper extremity, L – locomotion, H – hearing, E – eyesight, M – mental capacity, S – stability of emotions. After the war, Dr. Davidson moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, where he was in practice in association with his son, Dr. Kenneth Davidson. In 1947, Dr. Davidson was elected as the founding president of the Canadian Dermatological Association, and was a winner of the Sabouraud Medal for research in dermatology.