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October 10, 1931


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From the University of California.

JAMA. 1931;97(15):1072-1073. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730150028009

A few months ago Sir Walter Fletcher1 focused attention again toward the important recent developments that have been made in the science of nutrition. But another fact was emphasized also, which is in the nature of a criticism. In Great Britain "the medical student receives at no point in his course of study any well based and organized instruction either in the field of nutrition or in that of mental functions."

One may conscientiously ask whether this observation does not apply with equal force to the medical curriculum in the colleges in the United States. And if it does apply, is it to be wondered at that the public is being preyed on and even prayed for by the food faddists? It is true that a few outstanding schools in this country have recognized the importance of this subject and have made adequate provision for it in their curriculums.