Interactions of Nutrition and Infection

In this 1968 WHO monograph, Nevin Scrimshaw first introduces the link between infection and nutrition and presents the concept of a “vicious cycle” of malnutrition and disease. Early hypotheses on the mechanisms for how inadequate nutrition impairs immunity, increases the risk of infection, and, in turn, creates greater nutritional requirements consequent to the infection, is discussed. 


World Health Organization Monograph Series 1968