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Prolonged Starvation—A Dangerous Procedure

Br Med J 1970; 3 doi: (Published 22 August 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:432
  1. J. Runcie,
  2. T. J. Thomson


    Experience with 18 obese patients who have undergone prolonged (60 days) therapeutic starvation shows that in general this is a safe procedure, but there are significant associated hazards, particularly a breakdown in electrolyte homoeostasis. The need for close biochemical control of such patients is stressed.