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November 1960

A History of Nutrition.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(5):737. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820050149019

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There is much pleasure to be had in reading over an account of a part of medicine in which I have had an active interest and continued to do research for more than 20 years. By plan McCollum's book does not deal to any great extent with the last 20 years. Thus what has been the most exciting phase of clinical nutrition to me is here largely unrecorded. Perhaps this is just as well because the great virtue of McCollum's book is the detailed and scholarly investigations into the biochemistry of nutrition to which he himself has made so many notable contributions. It might almost be called a history of the biochemistry of nutrition rather than of nutrition itself. For the one fault of the book is that, while the biochemical phases are covered in great and satisfying detail, the early days of clinical confusion and the more recent phase

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