Denis Burkitt (1911-1993)

white lineDenis Burkitt was an Irish missionary surgeon in Africa whose observation that populations on that continent who ate high-fiber diets were protected from colon cancer and other chronic diseases helped lead to the belief that dietary fiber is an essential component of a healthy diet.

Burkitt also did pioneering research on the epidemiology and causes of a cancer affecting the jaws of children, now known as Burkitt’s lymphoma.



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