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September 29, 1934

NUTRITION AND RESISTANCE TO INFECTION

JAMA. 1934;103(13):994. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750390038012
Abstract

During the last thirty years the science of nutrition has shown such a rapid and sound development that at present it is accepted as one of the disciplines on which depends the welfare of man and his domestic animals. The intimate relation of nutrition to such processes as growth, reproduction and activity is taken for granted. As a logical outgrowth of the extensive investigation on which this point of view rests, it is now common to hear diet referred to as one of the important factors in preventive medicine. It can readily be demonstrated that such features of physiologic economy as acid-base balance, deficiency diseases and bone development are more or less closely associated with diet; the effect of nutrition on resistance to infection is not so obvious, although the mass of alleged evidence is enormous. Clausen 1 has recently reviewed the subject, confining himself to a consideration of infections

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