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Nevin S. Scrimshaw Papers


Contains selected documents from the Nevin S. Scrimshaw Papers housed at the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center, Vanderbilt University.

Nevin S. Scrimshaw (b. 1918) was a notable epidemiologist and nutritionist and his research included amino acid protein metabolism, endemic goiter, and kwashiorkor. Educated at both Harvard and University of Rochester, he served as a consultant to the Pan American Sanitary Bureau and then as a Regional Advisor on Nutrition to the Pan American Health Organization. Scrimshaw founded and was the director of the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, later serving as its Consulting Director from 1961-1965 and as a consultant from 1965 onward. He was a professor at M.I.T. and Columbia University and served as a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1971-1983. Dr Scrimshaw received many awards including the World Food Prize in 1991.
Dates: 1959-1987

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