A Brief History of Advances Toward Health

  • John Last


Three major discoveries determined the health and history of the human species. The first occurred almost a million years ago, when our hominid precursors discovered how to use fire to cook the meat they had hunted. They found that cooked meat tasted better, it didn’t go bad so quickly, and eating it was less likely to make them ill. Our understanding of nutrition, a basic tenet of public health science, and the art of cooking have been improving ever since.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Last
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  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawa

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