Clinical Manifestations of Malnutrition

  • E. M. DeMaeyer


The symptomatology of specific deficiency diseases and of protein-energy malnutrition is too complex to be used as such in the assessment of their importance from a public health point of view. Only those signs which can easily be identified or accurately measured and are observed with a high degree of constancy can be used for such a purpose. Besides those direct indicators, a crude assessment of the situation can also be obtained by the analysis of vital statistics, food consumption surveys, and the ecological background. As an example, we shall review in the present paper the various criteria that can be used in the assessment of protein-calorie malnutrition (PCM) and of avitaminosis A, two of the most important deficiency diseases existing at present in the world.


Corneal Scar Reference Weight Public Health Point Food Consumption Survey Early Childhood Death Rate 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. DeMaeyer
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  1. 1.World Health OrganizationGeneva 27Switzerland

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