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November 1957

Nutritional Deficiencies in Various Areas of the World

Author Affiliations

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health and Medical).

AMA Arch Surg. 1957;75(5):861-862. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280170171054

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Abstract

Several years ago, in a study of the South Korean forces, it became evident that there were certain nutritional deficiencies, with the result that a certain proportion of these soldiers could not carry on full duty because of lack of proper food both in quantity and in quality. These suspicions were confirmed by a survey by a team of nutritionists. About the same time similar deficiencies were noted in some of the Nationalist troops in Taiwan, and several nutrition surveys were instituted. In order to correct these duplicating efforts, at the suggestion of Drs. Howard Karsner and Stanhope Bayne-Jones, the Department of Defense devised a plan for joint participation by several departments of the Government in problems of nutrition in various countries. The result of these efforts was the formation of the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense (ICNND). Participating agencies are the Departments of State, Defense, Agriculture, and

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