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The Biological Bases: Malnutrition and Behavioral Development


by Merrill S. Read 1972

It has long been recognized that nutritional deficiencies, either of individual nutrients or of total food intake, retard physical growth and delay sexual maturation. Similarly, malnutrition and infection have synergistic actions thus adding to their effects on the individual. In the past fifteen years attention has focused on the possibility that malnutrition in early infancy and childhood may also adversely influence behavioral and intellectual development. If true, this will have serious consequences for technological development, for educational programs, and for achievement of each individual's inherent capacity to contribute to society.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 71, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 6, 1972, p. 55-69
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19508, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 2:14:14 AM

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  • Merrill Read
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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    MERRILL S. READ works at the Growth and Development Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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