JAMES A. HALSTED, M.D., F.A.C.P.; CHARLES H. HALSTED, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Why is nutrition distinct from any other specialty? Why cannot physicians in each specialty take care of their own nutritional problems by merely writing diet orders? The internist, surgeon, obstetrician, pediatrician, or psychiatrist cannot be expected to prescribe the details of all diets. However, the physician should have sufficient fundamental knowledge of nutrition to understand the principles behind each diet that he prescribes. Moreover, he should recognize that often special diets are not indicated at all.
Clinical nutritionists are physicians, usually internists or pediatricians who have acquired special knowledge of the biochemistry and metabolism of nutrients and the relation of
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HALSTED JA, HALSTED CH. Getting Nutrition into the Medical School. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:334–335. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-3-334
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