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APPLICATION OF NUTRITION RESEARCH TO EVERYDAY PRACTICE

PHILIP C. JEANS, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(3):363-369. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020374001.
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KNOWLEDGE of nutrition has made tremendous advances in the last generation, possibly more than in all time preceding. It is still increasing and at an accelerated rate. Several thousand research workers are now engaged in investigations of food and nutrition in this country alone. These studies are being carried out in many centers through personal initiative and fostered by universities, foundations and governmental and commercial agencies. Much of the research is of fundamental character, and its immediate practical application is not always clear. Research of the basic type is essential. Through it we gain knowledge of life processes. A gap between fundamental research and its practical application and a lag in its application are to be expected. Sometimes this lag is long. Approximately thirty years ago Hamilton 1 pointed out that prematurely born babies could not have good bone mineralization while receiving human milk alone. It was not until about

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