ramen and pickles

science, technology, and medicine served up with some tasty noodles

Nevin S. Scrimshaw, Pioneer Nutritionist, Dies at 95

When I was in high school, I visited Dr Scrimshaw on his farm in New Hampshire. It was very inspiring to meet someone who really used science to deal with major public health problems in such an applied and practical way. One of the things he wanted to address better were some of the unintended consequences of public health improvements. For example, a drastic reduction in infant/child mortality can lead to a massive population explosion, with subsequent problems with social unrest. An interesting aside, in a lot of the old texbooks (60’s & 70’s) on internal medicine and infectious disease, a lot of the pictures of patients with “tropical diseases” are from him.




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