JAMES A. HALSTED, M.D.
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Many of the diseases of primary malnutrition—pellagra, scurvy, rickets, marasmus—that once existed worldwide have become rarities in nations with the highest standards of living. There they usually occur secondary to serious gastrointestinal malabsorption or other chronic problems, including alcoholism. In the developing nations of the world, the "Third World," they are still common diseases, while at home the diseases associated with overnutrition, such as obesity and the hyperlipidemias, now occupy our main attention. What progress has been made against primary undernutrition in the past 20 years, when concern for poor nations has commanded considerable attention by the rich?
HALSTED JA. Nutrition in the Third World. Ann Intern Med. ;78:296–297. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-2-296
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(2):296-297.
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