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July 25, 1953

Nutrition in India.

JAMA. 1953;152(13):1283. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690130099031

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The name of Col. Robert McCarrison is familiar to those who have studied the history of nutrition. As a medical officer of the British Army in India, McCarrison early in this century began his research on goiter in the mountains of the northwest frontier. He later undertook investigations into deficiency diseases, including his well-known work on beriberi. His activities led to the founding of an institution devoted to research in human nutrition at Coonoor in south India, with the support of the Indian Research Fund Association. After 1922, the institution at Coonoor became the Nutrition Research Laboratories. Dr. V. N. Patwardhan, the writer of this treatise, is its present director.

An important result of the studies at Coonoor has been the enlistment of many young scientists for research in nutrition. They now are engaged by medical colleges and other institutions all over India. Since their research reports, unfortunately, have been

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