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Physicians and nutrition
It's really the physician, not the dentist, who has the opportunity to initiate proper nutritional guidance during the critical early growth period of a child's jaw and teeth.So says Abraham E. Nizel, DMD, Tufts University, Boston. Addressing a nutrition symposium cosponsored by Children's Hospital Medical Center of Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge), and Johnson & Johnson, Dr Nizel noted that a dentist often doesn't see the child until the age of 3 and often not until the age of 7 years.Robert M. Suskind, MD, told the symposium audience that MIT's Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Children's Hospital have developed a joint training program in clinical nutrition to improve nutritional care, education, and research. He expressed the hope that physicians graduating from the program will, as "future professors of clinical nutrition, help develop nutrition as a pediatric subspecialty..."Harvey R. Colten, MD,
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