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‘Dietitians of the Future’: Three views: 1: Thoughts on dietitian-caterers

‘Dietitians of the Future’: Three views: 1: Thoughts on dietitian-caterers


journal of Human Nutrition (1976),30, 27-40 ‘Detitiansof the Future’:Three views 1: Thoughts on dietitian-caterers M.Veronica SCOTT-CARMICHAEL,BSc, FHCIMA 30 Fendon Road, Cambridge. THE very first dietitians in this country emerged from among members of the nursing profession who were stimulated by their close association with doctors working on problems of diet and disease. No training in dietetics existed in this country, so the pioneers, Miss’ R. Pybus of Edinburgh and Miss R Simmonds of The London Hospital, went to America on scholarships to further their training, from whence they returned to continue their pioneering work, and to train other nurse-dietitians. A second group of early dietitians were science graduates from London, Oxford, Cambridge and Scottish Universities. Dr John Atkins (later Sir John), while a house physician at Guy’s Hospital, was struck by the number of children admitted to hospital suffering, not from specific diseases, but from lack of sleep, the wrong food and poor hygiene due to ignorance and mismanagement in the home. When later he became a GP in Kensington, he interested some of his wealthy patients in the formation o f a college at university level where women could be educated in the scientific and social aspects
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