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June 27, 1977

Nutrition Instruction

JAMA. 1977;237(26):2814. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270530022012

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To the Editor.—  The editorial by Esther S. Nelson, MD, (236:2534, 1976) entitled "Nutrition Instruction in Medical Schools—1976" raised some questions.I am curious to know Dr Nelson's reason for attempting to compare nutrition instruction in medical schools with nutrition instruction in animal science (husbandry) departments. Asking an animal science department if it offers courses in nutrition is like asking Ford Motor Company if it builds any automobiles.I think there is little doubt that a comparison between instructions concerned with human health and animal health should be conducted by surveys of schools of human medicine and schools of veterinary medicine. Among purveyors of animal welfare, veterinary medicine is the analogue of human medicine. I do not believe animal science (husbandry) has a direct human analogue, but the study of human nutrition is close.