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Diet and Resistance to Disease

  • Marshall Phillips
  • Albert Baetz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Brian Leibovitz, Benjamin V. Siegel
    Pages 1-25
  3. Robert P. Tengerdy, Melvin M. Mathias, Cheryl F. Nockels
    Pages 27-42
  4. Pamela J. Fraker, R. W. Leucke
    Pages 107-119
  5. Gary W. Evans
    Pages 121-137
  6. Anatoly Bezkorovainy
    Pages 139-154
  7. Selwyn A. Broitman, Hernan Velez, Joseph J. Vitale
    Pages 155-181
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-220

About this book

Introduction

Intuitively, we realize that animals that are well fed and well cared for are healthier than animals that are not well fed or well cared for. Although nutritionists have long been concerned with minimum nutrient requirements for maximal growth rate and maintenance, it has been only recently that investiagators have begun to look at the nutritional requirements that provide optimal health. The increasingly sophisticated methods of immunology have allowed investigators to define indicators of resistance to disease such as cell mediated immunity, lymphocyte functions, and macrophage functions. When these immunological tools are combined with the classical methods of nutrition research it is possible to determine how dietary constituents affect each of these cellular immune systems, and to gain an overall understanding of how these systems affect resistance to disease. This symposium was organized to bring together people working on various nutritional problems that have an interrelationship to resistance to disease, so that this rapidly expanding area of nutritional immunology could be reviewed. We felt that the Agricultural and Food Division of the American Chemical Society was an ideal forum to present this material. In relating nutrition and infection, two areas of importan~e must be considered: (1) public health, i. e. , the prevention and treatment of human disease and metabolic disorders; and (2) live­ stock and poultry production. The production of meat, fibre, and animal materials continues to be a more intensive operation in the agricultural system of this country and the world.

Keywords

Public Health agriculture food health nutrition prevention

Editors and affiliations

  • Marshall Phillips
    • 1
  • Albert Baetz
    • 1
  1. 1.U.S. Department of Agriculture Science and Education Administration—Agricultural ResearchNational Animal Disease CenterAmesUSA

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