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October 1973

Nutrition of the Fetus, Infant, and Child

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Nassau County Medical Center East Meadows, NY 11554 State University of New York Stony Brook Health Sciences Center Stony Brook, NY

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(4):558-560. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190454019

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Interest in human nutrition has been gaining rapidly in recent years. From the youngest child and oldest man, from the earliest grade school student to the most sophisticated graduate student, from the politician to the scientist, from the pulpit and at the autopsy table, we are all being bombarded with modern suggestions, theories, and recommendations that will improve human nutrition and prolong good health and life. While the food industry continues to advise the public, scientists lament the lack of nutrition education in medical schools.

Parenteral Nutrition  At the Maimonides Medical Center Symposium on Nutrition of the Fetus, Infant, and Child, 1973 (Brooklyn, NY, May 1973), Gilbert Forbes, MD (University of Rochester) proposed the goddess "Nutrix" for our consideration. Worship of this goddess by scientists, by millions of Americans, and by advertisers has resulted in a religion based upon faith rather than facts. How we eat and what we order

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