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March 19, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(12):1024. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950290044010

The special issue of Postgraduate Medicine for March, 1955, with Dr. Tom D. Spies as guest editor is a comprehensive report of current knowledge of nutrition in health and disease. It is a product of the cooperation of the department of nutrition and metabolism, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago; the nutrition clinic, Hillman Hospital, Birmingham, Ala.; the Hospital General Calixto García, Havana, Cuba; and the Hospital Mimiya, Santurce, Puerto Rico. These groups have compiled a large series of cases illustrative of various phases of dietary deficiency. A study of the pictures alone will give the viewer an increased awareness of what can be done for patients with a great variety of signs and symptoms.

In many parts of the world large segments of the population subsist on grossly inadequate diets. A hungry man is primarily interested in satisfying his hunger. He knows nothing of the nutritive components of common foodstuffs