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May 10, 1952

Perspectives in Human Malnutrition: A Contribution to the Biology of Disease from a Clinical and Pathological Study of Chronic Malnutrition and Pellagra in the African

JAMA. 1952;149(2):207-208. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190109037

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This book has been written with three objects in view. The first object is to focus attention on the changing patterns of the clinical and pathological manifestations of chronic malnutrition and of pellagra in the native Johannesburg African, at various periods of his life. The second object is to assess the clinical and pathological findings at different stages of the syndrome in terms of modifications in physiological regulations. The third object is to examine the possibility entertained by us that chronic malnutrition, apart from being casually related to specific nutritional syndromes, affects the life tract of persons in such a way as to facilitate the emergence of some diseases, not usually regarded as etiologically related to nutrition, while excluding others. In their studies, a sharp distinction is made between chronic malnutrition and the acute episodes observed in chronically malnourished persons. Their experience has repeatedly demonstrated that some adults and many

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