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Challenges in Clinical Nutrition

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Research and Development Branch, Nutrition Program, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D. C.

Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(4):649-651. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-73-4-649
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Thirty years ago nutrition was important in clinical medicine. Pellagra, rickets, scurvy, and other diseases known to be caused by primary nutritional deficiencies were not uncommon. However, their eradication was followed closely by the explosion of knowledge in other medical sciences which resulted from government appropriation of large sums for basic research. Coincidentally, the medical profession seemed to lose interest in nutrition. The physician had new masses of knowledge to master. When he did not have to cope with the florid diseases of nutritional deficiency, nutrition easily slipped from his mind. Nutrition training programs found it difficult to attract medical


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