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Robert E. Shank Papers


Contains selected documents from the Robert E. Shank Papers housed at the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University, St. Louis.

Robert E. Shank (1914-2000) was a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine. In late 1941 he became an assistant in research and resident physician at the hospital of the Rockefeller Institute in New York. In 1946, he became an associate of the New York Public Health Research Institute and in 1948 became head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at WU. As head of Preventive Medicine, Shank became interested in nutrition studies. He was associated with the formation of standards for minimum dietary allowances by the National Research Council Food and Nutrition Board and served as a consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service, the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense, the Pan American Health Organization, several food industry associations and government-sponsored nutrition programs in Latin America.
Dates: Bulk 1940s - 1990

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