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Public Health Nutr. 2005 Sep;8(6A):701-5.

The rise and fall of dietetics and of nutrition science, 4000 BCE-2000 CE.

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World Health Policy Forum, Juiz de Fora, Brazil. geoffreycannon@aol.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To outline the history of dietetics since its beginnings in recorded history, and of nutrition science in its first phase beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and then its second phase in the second half of the twentieth century.

METHOD:

Three narrative overviews: of dietetics from its beginnings until after the end of the medieval and then Renaissance periods in Europe; of nutrition science in its first phase from its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth century, with reasons for its rise; and of nutrition science in its second phase in the second half of the twentieth century, with reasons for its decline.

CONCLUSIONS:

In its third phase in the twenty-first century, the new nutrition science should regain much of the vision and scope of its preceding disciplines.

PMID:
16236204
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