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January 25, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(4):245. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.62880040011008

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If one were to ask various physicians their concept of basic research, each would give a different reply, a reply dependent on individual special interest. It is generally in the field of his special interest that a person sees most clearly the borders of information and the specific needs for data.

Evidence is accumulating that good nutrition is highly effective in preventing recurrences of rheumatic fever. More evidence is needed as to the exact role that nutrition plays. If good nutrition is effective in preventing recurrences, no doubt it is also useful in preventing the initial attack.

More information is needed concerning the relationship of nutrition not only to rheumatic fever but to resistance against infections in general. Experiments with animals repeatedly have shown a relationship, but they have not shown the specific factors or the mechanisms, nor has the application of this evidence to human beings been proved. Nutrition

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