Medicine: What's to Eat?

The popular, "common sense" notion that well-fed people are most likely to keep healthy is not necessarily true. Recent research shows that the common diseases of childhood are no more prevalent among poorly fed children than among children stuffed with spinach, fruit and fish-oil vitamins. Research also shows that well-fed adults suffer as much as anyone else from the common cold and influenza.

In the current Bacteriological Reviews, Dr. Paul F. Clark of the University of Wisconsin's Medical School and five fellow bacteriologists summarize all that is known today, mostly based on experiments with animals, about the effect of diet on...

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