Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type


Director of Thesis

Pamela Wilson

First Reader

Jason Craig

Second Reader

Jason Craig


The purpose of this honors graduation thesis is to analyze the role of nutrition in the prevention, management, and treatment of chronic diseases and to argue that clinical nutrition should be reintegrated into American medical education as a high priority subject. The thesis begins with a historical review of clinical nutrition beginning in the fifth century B.C. with Hippocrates in Classical Greece and ending in 21st century America. Following the historical review, five of some of the most prevalent chronic diseases in America are examined through a nutritional lens. This thesis concludes with a discussion of the outlook of American medical education as it relates to Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine programs.

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