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August 15, 1959


Author Affiliations

New York

Director of the Institute of Nutrition Sciences, Columbia University.

JAMA. 1959;170(16):1928-1929. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.63010160009012

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Malnutrition adversely affects the life, development, and health of more people in the world than any disease. It kills millions of infants and small children and stunts the development of millions of other children, especially in the technically underdeveloped areas. Metabolic diseases, which can be controlled to some extent by nutritional management, are also of major concern in the nondeveloped countries. Yet, there are only a few physicians and public health workers who have been trained to deal effectively with the problem. This world shortage of people adequately trained in the public health aspects of nutrition is a serious handicap to progress in improving nutrition in all countries. Such people are needed both by the United Nations organizations and by national governments and departments of health.

Recognizing this need and seeing the great opportunity to meet the situation, Dr. C. Glen King, through the resources of Columbia University, planned and

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