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March 16, 1963

Council on Foods and Nutrition

JAMA. 1963;183(11):955-957. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700110087015

Nutrition Teaching in Medical Schools  The Council on Foods and Nutrition believes there is an urgent need to define the responsibilities and challenges of medical schools in the teaching of nutrition.Modern research has shown the importance of nutritional factors in the pathogenesis and therapy of disease and the importance of nutrition in conditions of physiologic stress, ie, in growth, pregnancy, and lactation. Recent investigation indicates a close relationship between nutrition and the individual's response to pathologic stress, such as severe infections or trauma. Relationships have been demonstrated between nutrition and some of the degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis and hypertension, and even between nutrition and neoplasia.In general, medical education and medical practice have not kept abreast of the tremendous advances in nutritional knowledge. A recent survey by the Council on Foods and Nutrition on Nutrition Teaching in Medical Schools indicated that there is inadequate recognition, support, and

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