JOSEPH I. GOODMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; WILLIAM DOWDELL, M.D.
Two major nutritional disturbances are encountered among chronically ill patients. These are malnutrition, or nutritional deficiency, and obesity, or overweight. In a recent study of 431 patients at the Cuyahoga County Nursing Home,5 nutritional disturbances were present in 187 patients (43%). Of these, 142 patients suffered from malnutrition and 45 were obese. In other words, approximately one out of every three patients admitted to the Home had undernutrition, and one out of every 10 carried a burden of obesity. It is noteworthy that advanced starvation was the sole disability in nine patients.
In the present paper 138 cases of undernutrition
GOODMAN JI, DOWDELL W. THE SPECTER OF MALNUTRITION IN CHRONIC ILLNESS1. Ann Intern Med. 1955;43:1241–1258. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-6-1241
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(6):1241-1258.
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