Moving from the premise that ""modern medicine treats the whole man"", Richard Carter of The Gentle Legions (p. 944, 1960) and The Doctor Business (p. 730, 1958) turns here to the ills popularly associated with food intake. Essentially a serious ebunking book that cuts a swathe across fads and fancies, this asserts that ""every illness, in fact, is best understood when seen as an inappropriate adaptation to noxious forces in the environment"". It is a head over meals interpretation at work: the effect of the life style on the stomach is considered more important than what one puts into it. Nausea, heartburn, peptic ulcer are explained from this viewpoint, as are the functions of the bowels. Further commentary takes in intelligent nutrition-- (vitamins should not be necessary), overweight (heredity, custom, exercise and other factors besides food intake make for obesity) and loss of weight; the cholesterol ""scare"", (here deflated for a fad, not fact). Written with an earnestness that refers to several studies, this is hard to place as to market, unless it hits the junior executive (whether heartburn or nausea man) where he worries.