Starvation Quote by Emil Apfelbaum-Kowalski and Myron Winick

January 11, 2012

“Death from long lasting hunger is like a candle burning out slowly”

— Emil Apfelbaum-Kowalski 1979, p. 127

“[in hunger disease] Passage from life to death is gradual, like death from physiological old age”

— Myron Winick 1979, p. 43

The volume Hunger Disease (1979), edited by Myron Winick, are the results of accumulated research done in secrecy inside the Warsaw Ghetto from February 1942 to July of the same year. Written with the resolve of the Jewish contributors who wished to leave a legacy behind, of the hellish conditions in which they lived. Their collaborative work forms a benchmark in the scientific discoveries of the era, especially the chapters ‘Clinical Aspects of Hunger Disease in Adults’ (p. 11-36) by Fliederbaum and ‘Pathophysiology of the Circulatory System in Hunger Disease’ (p. 125-152) by Apfelbaum-Kowalski.

As the quotes above reveal, those who suffered from the so-called hunger disease would slowly, and almost unnoticeably lose their strength and will, aging prematurely towards the end, with even the youth taking on the appearance of the frail, shrivelled, and elderly in their final stages of starvation. Although a gradual progression, the road to death was inevitable and could not be reversed without administering an adequate diet. Thus, millions died in the Warsaw Ghetto from the deadliest of diseases, hunger.

References: Apfelbaum-Kowalski, E. 1979. Pathophysiology of the Circulatory System in Hunger Disease. Pp. 125-152. In Winick, M. (trans. M. Osnos) (ed) Hunger Disease: Studies by the Jewish Physicians in the Warsaw Ghetto. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Winick, M. 1979. Editors’ Comments. Pp. 37-43; 59-68; 153-160; 189-196; 203-205; 231-234. In Winick, M. (trans. M. Osnos) (ed) Hunger Disease: Studies by the Jewish Physicians in the Warsaw Ghetto. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

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