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Bacon Chow was born in Foochow, China, and moved to the United States in 1925 to attend the University of Illinois. He received his B.S. in 1929 from that institution and his Ph.D. in 1932 from Harvard University. He served on the faculty of the department of biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygeine and Public Health, and was known for his studies regarding the effects of a woman’s diet on her offspring. An advocate of a high protein diet during pregnancy, Chow led public health initiatives to improve the diet of pregnant women.

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The Bacon Chow Collection covers the latter part of Chow’s career at Johns Hopkins. It contains professional and personal correspondence, biographical information, notes and data on nutrition studies, manuscripts, reprints, photographs, audiocassettes, and films. Much of the material relates to the Sui-lin study Chow conducted in Taiwan, which examined the effect of maternal dietary supplementation during pregnancy and lactation on the growth and development of the offspring.

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