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William Banting – Letter on Corpulence

William Banting – Letter on Corpulence

In 1862. William Banting visited noted surgeon William Harvey, about his excessive weight. Banting had tried everything commonly suggested in his day. Exercise, fasting, purgatives, restricting his calories, and nothing worked. Harvey prescribed a diet he had heard about in France. The recommended diet was mainstream medicine in Europe, but not yet in the UK….