Birth of the National Health Service | The early history of the NHS
WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1945
Reference: 04/Home Talks/TB
6th March, 1945
Dear Dr. Hill,
I am sorry I haven't managed to get this rough draft to you earlier. Miss Quigley suggested that it might be a good idea to explain why "there's all this fuss about vitamins" - to explain, I mean, that they aren't just a war-time "discovery" and that after the war it will be just as important to know about the role of different foodstuffs. I think this an admirable suggestion. It could be covered in "The Reason Why" or go into "Feeding for Health". It seems to me to link up with malnutrition: but I will leave it to you to consider where it should come in.
I shou1d be grateful if you would let me have the draft back with any further suggestions. I can then send it on to Director of Talks.
Dr. Charles Hill,
London, W.C. 1.
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Document Type | Letter
06 March 1945
The 'Kitchen Front' producer writes to the Radio Doctor about how they should approach the new discovery of vitamins and their links with the treatment of malnutrition.
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