May 1956

Nutritions in Infections.

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Edited by Roy Waldo Miner, M.D., Conference Chairman, and Consulting Editor W. Alan Wright. Price, not given. Pp. 173, with many illustrations. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2 East 63d St., New York 21, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(5):655-656. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250230151026

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The logical inference that there must be some connection between the nutritional state of the host and the susceptibility and reaction to infections has led to a great deal of work. Much of it is far short of definitive. Some is contradictory and confusing. Even the most faint-hearted believer in the importance of an ecological approach to disease who knows the intricacies of multiple causality can get little encouragement from reading most of the articles in this symposium. The contributions of Axelrod, Horwitt, and Kinsell, based on their long, painstaking, and critical studies, set a high level of performance, which unfortunately is not reached in other papers. The bleak eye of a skeptic finds too many papers proposed as scientific studies which do no credit to their enthusiastic and uncritical authors. It is melancholy to read even one paper presenting wholly unconvincing data and drawing sweeping conclusions. Here we have

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