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All peoples who have ever been studied have some notion of the relation between the foods they eat and their state of well-being. Many of these groups have developed sets of explanations that make this relationship understandable to them in terms of their own cultures. These concepts are by far the most highly developed and systematized in western society because of the steady development of formal scientific methods. And, in fact, this development and systematization have resulted in nutrition becoming a recognized discipline within the sciences.
Drawing on his lengthy academic and research career, Karl Guggenheim describes the development of
Nutrition and Nutritional Diseases. The Evolution of Concepts.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:532–533. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-95-4-532_2
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