Shaking the Nickel Bush Themes

Ralph Moody
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Illness

The novel begins with Ralph being diagnosed with diabetes. In 1919, diabetes did not have a treatment. The specialists at the Boston hospital where Ralph was diagnosed tell him he will die within six months. The family doctor, Dr. Gaghan, however, tells him that if he gets lots of sunshine and follows a special diet he has a good chance of living much longer. Dr. Gaghan gives the diet to Ralph's mom who immediately goes out and buys a large number of the items Ralph will need to eat, including gluten flour. Ralph's mother makes several loafs of bread and then puts Ralph on a train to Arizona with a basket full of food.

Ralph is forced to search out restaurants that serve the kinds of foods he can eat on his new diet. This proves to be quite difficult for Ralph because most restaurants at the time served...

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