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December 2, 1961

Nutritional Challenges for Physicians

JAMA. 1961;178(9):924-927. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.73040480013009

LESS CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, less tooth decay, fewer kidney and bladder stones, less iron deficiency anemia, better control of diabetes, quicker recovery from acute disease, partner of physiotherapy in rehabilitation, key to some of the hereditary or inborn errors of metabolism, improvement in fitness and general health—these are targets which present challenges for all physicians, challenges in which nutrition plays an important role.

Like other fields of health and medicine, nutritional concepts have changed appreciably since the time many physicians went to medical school. Nutrition has seldom been an important part of the medical curriculum and unfortunately this is still true today for most of our medical schools. The first nutritional challenge to the physician is to inform himself of the concepts of modern nutrition.

How can the busy physician find the time to review modern concepts of nutrition? The AMA's Council on Foods and Nutrition has a list of up-to-date