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Diet and Disease

Nature volume 128, pages 326327 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



REFERENCE has already been made in these columns to certain recent dietary surveys l,2. From such researches it is possible to enlarge our knowledge of the types of diet which different peoples or individuals may find adequate, to point out in what respects diets in common use may fail to satisfy accepted standards, in certain cases to correlate prevalent diseases with a particular type of diet and, by means of additions to the food supply, to confirm the results of the survey and indicate how the diet may most simply be improved. A recent report by Orr and Gilks is of great interest, since the investigators find a marked correlation between diet and physique and general health.3


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    NATURE, Vol. 126, p. 963; 1930.

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    NATURE, Vol. 127, p. 897; 1931.

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    "Studies of Nutrition: The Physique and Health of Two African Tribes". By J. B. Orr and J. L. Gilks (for the Dietetics Committee of the Economic Advisory Council). Medical Research Council. Special Report Series, No. 155. (London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1931.) 2s. net.

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