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January 13, 1940

Guiding Principles for Studies on the Nutrition of Populations

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By Dr. E. J. Bigwood, Professor at the University of Brussels. League of Nations Health Organisation, Technical Commission on Nutrition. Series of League of Nations Publications III. Health 1939. III. 1. Official No.: C. H. 1401. [C. H./Com. Exp. Alim./50 (2).] Paper. Price, $1.50; 6s. Pp. 281, with 7 illustrations. New York: Columbia University Press; Geneva, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(2):184-185. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810020088033

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In the present volume, Dr. Bigwood has summarized the opinion of nutrition experts about the proper methods of conducting studies on the nutritional status of populations. It is a technical monograph for research investigators. The book describes the important points that must be borne in mind when nutrition surveys of populations are conducted in order that the work may be done scientifically and in a way that will facilitate comparison with other surveys. There is also a critical review of the various methods of assessing the nutritive status of individuals. There are four types of dietary surveys, and each is described in detail. Such questions as the scope and duration of surveys are discussed, and attention is given to the qualifications necessary for members of an investigating staff, the number of investigators considered desirable and many other practical problems. Considerable space is devoted to the interpretation of the data obtained

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