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June 7, 1958

A History of Nutrition: The Sequences of Ideas in Nutrition Investigations

JAMA. 1958;167(6):796. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990230122024

Although to encompass the entire history of the science of nutrition in a book of 450 pages is an almost insurmountable task, the author, who has been responsible for much of the present knowledge of nutrition, has managed to do this admirably. The subtitle of the book gives one an insight into the type of material included. The author spent about 10 years reviewing the published literature of the last 200 years for the background material for this book and has confined his history to those thoughts and experiments which, in his opinion, opened new areas of discovery. The period covered is roughly the 200 years between 1740 and 1940. The author designates 1940 as the end of an era. Essentially, that was about the time in which the primary objectives delineated by the early workers in the field of nutrition were achieved, i. e., determination of what chemical substances

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