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Conversations with Sara Gottfried, MD

Dick Benson;  Sara Gottfried, MD

"Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal (IMCJ): You graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed a residency at the University of California at San Francisco. All very traditional. How did your education impact the development of how you practiced medicine? Dr Gottfried: At Harvard, the highest priority was placed on the most rapidly advancing fields, like genomics, molecular biology, and immunology. Specialties - including cardiology, oncology, and hepatology - were more valued than pediatrics or psychiatry. Nutrition and lifestyle medicine were relegated to a 30-minute mention after the "hard science" was fully covered. This was 30 years ago, but little has changed. Yet the logic never made sense to me. Why were drugs, which are forms of molecular therapy, considered more valuable and worthy of study than food, another form of molecular therapy?"

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