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Occasionally the thought crosses my mind of what might happen if, say, just ten per cent of the bright young men who are following the population explosion into the cardiovascular field should take up as a lifework the study of nutrition and nutritional disease. How much better it might be for their own satisfaction and advancement as well as for the improvement of knowledge. But the glamor is wanting. Perhaps because of their inherent complexity, nutritional disease and the clinical study of malnutrition have never received the time, attention, and effort they deserve. It seems unlikely that the great difficulty of the field is the major obstacle. It simply hasn't had the publicity which an American Association for Starvation or a National Goldberger Society might drum up by collecting funds for career investigators in nutrition. Then too there has been little cross fertilization among home economic nutritionists of the colleges,
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