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The Art of Feeding the Invalid





Truby King Collection WB 405 AS39



London: The Scientific Press


Truby King began to develop his philosophies on nutrition at Seacliff Hospital. He believed that insanity could be prevented or cured with a good diet, fresh air, regular work and recreation. With improvements made to the hospital’s farm and vegetable gardens, King was able to improve the quality of food for the patients. Meat consumption was cut and patients were encouraged to drink more milk, with some drinking up to four pints a day. ‘Fatness’ was seen as a sign of recovery. The Art of Feeding the Invalid is from the Seacliff library. Some of the recipes sound delicious, like Irish stew and Custard Pudding, while others, such as Sheep’s Tongue and Brain Sauce, would require a particular palate.


A Medical Practitioner and a Lady Professor of Cookery, “The Art of Feeding the Invalid,” | OUR Heritage, accessed July 6, 2022,

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