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Dr. Yorke-Davies prescribed two diets for Taft. First was the reducing diet, to promote weight loss. Second was the "stationary diet," designed to keep Taft at his low weight.

The stationary diet was spelled out for Taft in the letter below.

Warning: This page is not intended as medical advice or as a suggestion for personal health practices. Consult your physician if you contemplate dieting.

Consulting Hours,
    11 to 4, Sat 11 to 3,
  Telephone 262 Paddington
44, Harley Street,
July 18, 1906.      

Dear Mr. Taft,

I was under the impression that I drew out for you a "stationary diet" and that it was sent off, but it appears from your letter that I only talked about it to you and did not send, for which I am sorry.

I have been reviewing your case and I am of opinion that a stationary diet in your case will be a very simple matter, and will practically amount to just the following rules: That you make it a rule of daily life to take more animal food - lean meat, and fish - than you did in the past before you consulted me, and the fact of your taking more animal food, and also more green food, - green vegetables and salads will as a consequence both cause, and enable you to take less farinaceous food - (bread and all flour foods, including rice, tapioca, sago etc.) than you did in the past. Further, that you should be moderate in respect to fats of all kinds, and that as a general rule you avoid added sugar.

Naturally a certain amount of absolute liberty will always be open to you, but taken what I give as the basis and rule of your usual daily life. An occasional deviation from any of the rules will be of no consequence.


Continue the hot water in the early morning, with or without lemon, or unsweetened lime juice if desired.


Tea or coffee as preferred, and in quantity as desired. Milk may be added in ordinary moderation, or cream. No sugar, but you may sweeten it with saccharin to taste.

About 2 ozs. of stale bread or dry toast with butter, or gluten biscuits.

A sufficiency to just satisfy normal appetite of any kind of meat or bird or fish. It may be hot or cold, cooked as liked, but avoid excess of fat. (Never eat to repletion but always leave off when able to eat more.)

Two eggs, lightly boiled or poached may be taken and a little ham or bacon, about twice a week if you desire.


Take a sufficiency to satisfy normal appetite of any kind of meat, game or poultry. It may be hot or cold, roast or boiled, in fact cooked as liked so long as you avoid excess of fat.

A sufficiency of any vegetables except potato (preferably green vegetables.) (Potato may only be taken as an occasional change.)

Stewed fruits may be taken but must be without added sugar, or you may [take] jellies without sugar.

Salads are desirable, that is plain salads, and may be taken to the extent you desire. There would be no objection to a little oil.

All ordinary condiments may be taken in ordinary moderation.

Have just one small piece of dry toast, or a biscuit as before.

Plenty of harmless fluid free from sugar, such as soda water or unsweetened table water, will be beneficial. If you take stimulant the best would be a dry still Hock or Moselle.

You may have tea or coffee in the afternoon, with cream or milk, cream in preference. No sugar, but saccharin to taste. A biscuit as before or a morsel of dry toast or bread crust.


Soups of all kinds are open to you, but preferably clear. A sufficiency of any fish, and of any meat, game or poultry. Entrees are also open to you, but avoid very rich dishes. Any vegetables (except potato) (preferably green vegetables of the cabbage tribe, spinach etc.)

Stewed fruits with a little cream, or custard pudding, made without sugar, or jellies such as calf's foot. Once a week it would be allowable for you to take any pudding or pastry that you fancy.

Salads as liked. Butter and a little cheese may be taken with a biscuit or little dry toast.

Plenty of water or table water. If desired a little whiskey, but the best stimulant would be dry still Hock or Moselle.

Fresh fruits and nuts may be taken in moderation but avoid very sweet fruits such as bananas, dates and figs.

I shall be glad to hear from you how you go on and to advise on any point that may arise if you will kindly let me know.

With kind regards, Yours very truly,

     (signed) N. E. Yorke -Davies

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