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September 2, 1939

Diet and III-Health in the Forest Country of the Gold Coast

JAMA. 1939;113(10):968-969. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350078035

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This brochure discusses some of the nutritional problems of the people of Akim, situated in the forest toward the south of the Gold Coast colony, Africa, and describes cases of malnutrition observed among children attending the dispensary at Oda, the capital, during 1935 and 1936, the clinical notes of the author being illustrated by a number of photographs. A table is given showing the nutritive values of foods available in western Akim (but the estimates are made from published data and not from actual analyses). Information collected from mothers regarding their own food and that of their children has been tabulated to show roughly the types and amounts of foods consumed. It is estimated that the nursing mothers ingest at most from 30 to 50 Gm. of protein of poor quality, and the vitamin and mineral intake is undoubtedly low. In brief, the diet is described as a borderline or

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