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Thirty or forty years ago specific teaching in nutrition formed a relatively larger fraction of the medical curriculum than it does today. This is true in physiology and biochemistry and in clinical medicine where pathophysiological and biochemical analysis of disease has tended to upstage direct discussion of treatment. This shift in clinical teaching is certainly desirable even from the nutritionist's point of view because rational diet therapy is based on the physiological-biochemical analysis. But this shift may leave the young clinician incompetent in diet design and competent only in sending a consultation slip to the hospital dietitian.
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Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease.The Heinz Handbook of Nutrition.. Ann Intern Med. ;64:224. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-64-1-224_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(1):224.
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