The rich history of the Salisbury Steak dinner

I grew up believing that Salisbury Steak was just a way for a cheap TV dinner company to sling hamburgers with gravy at me. The Salisbury Steak, however, has a far more interesting history. The steak was developed as a response to the sheer number of Civil War soldiers suffering from and dying of diarrhea. Doctor James H. Salisbury was a proponent of a low-carb diet, and his Salisbury Steak meal, along with coffee, was his answer for healthy soldiers.