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Nutrition in Medical Practice.

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By Hodges Robert E..  with contributions by Adelman Robert D.. . 363 pages. W. B. Saunders Company; , Philadelphia, London, and Toronto: , 1980.. Price, $19.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(1_Part_1):155-156. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-93-1-155_2
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Clinical nutrition, or nutritional aspects of clinical medicine, fortunately seems here to stay. Up to World War II the classic deficiency diseases held a prominent place in health of the population. Pellagra, beri beri, scurvy, and rickets were omnipresent. Even though the causes and pathologic mechanisms were gradually being discovered, public health measures to eradicate these diseases were not effective overnight. The author states that pellagra . . . "persisted until Goldberger fathomed its mysteries in the 1930's." Actually Goldberger's discoveries, phenomenal though they were, had little immediate effect on this nutritional scourge of the Southern United States until World


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