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Did Oliver Really Need More?

Looking for the fact in fiction, researchers set out to determine if Oliver’s famous line – “Please, sir, I want some more” – would ever really have needed to be uttered.

“But what if we coldly ask whether Oliver really needed any more — that is, was the Victorian workhouse diet sufficient for a 9-year-old boy? A group of British researchers — two dietitians, a pediatrician and a historian — asked just that question in a study published online Dec. 17 in The British Medical Journal…” [read the rest here]

International Herald Tribune by Nicholas Bakalar
December 30, 2008

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