An Accidental Nutritionist

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My career as an accidental nutritionist began with my immersion in cholera control, a cyclone disaster, a smallpox epidemic, and formal training in ophthalmology and epidemiology. Interest in blindness prevention inexplicably led me to (re)pioneer the effects, treatment, and prevention of vitamin A deficiency, while faced with intense criticism by many leading scientists in the nutrition community. The resulting efforts by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in support of programs for the global control of vitamin A deficiency still face vocal opposition by some senior scientists, despite having been estimated to have saved tens of millions of children from unnecessary death and blindness. This entire journey was largely an accident !.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalAnnual review of nutrition
StatePublished - Aug 21 2020


  • Vitamin A
  • autobiography
  • blindness prevention
  • child mortality
  • epidemiology
  • nutrition
  • xerophthalmia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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