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October 1, 1982

Nutrition in the 1980s: Constraints on Our Knowledge

JAMA. 1982;248(13):1644. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330130092040

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This 602-page book constitutes the formal content of the Sixth Western Hemisphere Nutrition Congress, held in August 1980, and includes the W. O. Atwater Memorial Lecture, presented by Dr Ancel Keys. Divided into ten sections, beyond the contents of the opening (plenary) session, it covers a wide range of nutrition-related problems and prospects and touches on the disagreements on "national nutrition policies" that have been accorded considerable attention in the print and electronic media.

The sections of the conference and of this book deserved mention. They include "Assessment of Food Intake and Nutritional Status"; "Nutrition in Health and Disease: Factors Affecting Nutrient Requirements"; "Overview of Nutritional Status in the Western Hemisphere"; "Effect of Diet on Immunosuppression and Disease"; "Diet and Cardiovascular Disease"; "Nutrition Intervention"; "Targeting Technology"; "Establishing National Health Priorities"; and "Obstacles to Success in Nutrition Intervention." The closing session includes a paper on "The Cost of Not Doing Medical