A network for those interested in the history of nutrition and related fields. This network is intended for the growing number of scholars, teachers, documentary filmmakers, and museum and library professionals engaged with the history of nutrition in any time period or region.

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Old Essay on Beriberi and Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

Below is a link to an old essay on thiamin that might still have its uses. The Government Printing Office book that it appeared in is hard to find. I am grateful to Bert Hansen for putting it online.

Some context: This was written in 1975-76 under contract with the National Cancer Institute when the NCI was trying to justify its emphasis on targeted research, rather than basic research. Thus, all the studies in the book give examples of research into specific diseases or medical problems.


Troisième conférence internationale d'histoire et des cultures de l'alimentation

L’Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation (IEHCA) is requesting session proposals for the 3rd International Conference on the History and Cultures of Food, 1-2 June 2017 in Tours, France. For more information (in French), see http://histoiresante.blogspot.ca/2016/10/histoire-et-cultures-de-lalimentation.html.

Re: Recent Articles on the History of Nutrition

My article on the history of the U.S. FDA's nutrition labeling policies was literally just published yesterday:

Xaq Frohlich, "The informational turn in food politics: The US FDA’s nutrition label as information infrastructure," Social Studies of Science (published online: October 27, 2016).