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Analysis Science and Politics of Nutrition

What role should the commercial food system play in promoting health through better diet?

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 17 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m545

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My Doctor's Bag

Like all medical school graduates, I received a free monogrammed doctor's bag from Big Pharma. In time, my bag wore out, and I gave it to my father to hold his tools.

My father was a machinist, carpenter, and home gardener, and he made good use of my bag. It was great to see him with it.

My father didn't go to college and didn’t understand medicine, but he did understand that our body is a machine that needs nutritious, homegrown fruits and vegetables.

It took me many years to grasp my father's humble, wholesome wisdom. He was my true-blue, blue-collar dad, the best teacher and friend I ever had.

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 March 2020
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA