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Of the approximately 400 papers presented on all aspects of medical practice at the New York meeting, the prevailing theme throughout the scientific section meetings was one of maintaining good health and the prevention of disease. This emphasis seemed in contrast to the usual stress on curing illness that has already occurred. The large attendance at all the scientific programs paralleled the unusual interest and attention given to the speakers and to those who discussed the papers after presentation. Limitations of space prevent a discussion of all the papers presented at the meeting, but some warrant special comment.
Diet as a Preventive and Therapeutic Tool
An outstanding example of preventive medicine being applied to clinical practice was the week-long conference on diet as a preventive and therapeutic tool for the doctor. Judging from the questions most frequently asked by the physicians attending this unique strictly question-and-answer type of symposium, there
THE 1957 SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY. JAMA. 1957;164(9):982–989. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980090036013
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