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The late Victor Herbert, M.D., J.D., M.A.C.P, F.R.S.M. (London), Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and Chief, Mount Sinai's Hematology and Nutrition Research Laboratory located at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has long been a proponent of accurate and responsible nutrition information.
Victor Herbert, MD, JD, M.A.C.P., F.R.S.M.(London)
February 22, 1927 - November 19, 2002
Victor Herbert, MD, JD, M.A.C.P., F.R.S.M.
February 22, 1927 - November 19, 2002
Herbert, MD, JD, M.A.C.P. (Master
American College of Physicians), F.R.S.M.
(Fellow Royal Society of Medicine, London),
75, internationally recognized hematologist, nutrition scientist and one of the
worldís leading authorities on questionable medical practices, died at his
home in New York City on November 19th. He
is survived by his wife, Marilynne and their daughters, Alissa and Laura
Herbert. Dr. Herbert also has two sons
Robert and Steven and a daughter, Kathy Rose, from a previous marriage and four
grandchildren, Jessica, Nicole, Andrew and Daniel. Until his death, Dr. Herbert was a Professor of Medicine and Chair,
Committee to Strengthen Nutrition at The Mount Sinai-New York University Health
System and Chief, Mount Sinai Nutrition Center and Hematology and Nutrition
Research Laboratory at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.
During his prolific career he was the author of more than 850 scientific papers on a wide range of medical topics. He was a much sought after lecturer at medical institutions across the country and around the world. He also holds numerous medical related patents.
1986, he was profiled in ìWho Goes
First? The Story of
Self-Experimentation in Medicine,î by New York Times medical writer Dr.
Lawrence K. Altman, for his pioneering work in folic acid, also called folate.
Later he was the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine
(April 6, 1986).
served on the World Health Organization-FAO Committee on Nutritional Anemias and
on its Committee on Dietary Requirements. His
many awards for nutrition research include the McCollum Award - American Society
of Clinical Nutrition (1972) and Middleton Award (1978) the highest award for
medical research given by the Veterans Administration, the FDA Commissioner's
Special Citation (1984) for ìoutstanding and consistent contributions against
the proliferation of nutrition quackery to the American consumer, and the Robert
H. Herman Award - American Society of Clinical Nutrition (1986). He was widely
recognized as one of the countryís leading ìquackbustersî.
Dr. Herbert was a member of numerous scientific societies and served on the editorial boards of six scientific journals. He was President of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition (1980-81) member of the Interagency Committee for Human Nutrition Research (ICHNR); a subcommittee of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President; served on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences and its RDA Committee and was Chair, Public Information Committee, Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (1983-86).
1988, Dr. Herbert received an Honorary Membership Award from the American
Dietetic Association and in 1993, the American Institute of Nutritionís
Lifetime Fellow Award for his ìnutrition research, teaching and unique
contribution to the fight against health fraud.î Dr. Herbert has frequently testified before Congress on
health and nutrition subjects; was for five years Chairman, Committee on Life
Sciences of the American Bar Association, and served as a medical-legal expert
for the U.S. government and several state agencies in case involving
questionable health and nutritional practices.
Herbert was the author of the classic book, Nutrition
Cultism: Facts & Fictions,
described by The New England Journal of Medicine as, ìa must for all readers
who value the importance of nutrition in public health but are chagrined by the
pretenders who exploit the public with food frauds, dietary cures, and nutrition
nonsense.î He was the co-author
with Dr. Stephen Barrett of, Vitamins and
Health Foods: The Great American
Hustle, consultant for The
Readerís Digest book, Eat Better, Live
Better and Metropolitan Lifeís ìEat
Well, Be Wellî public television series and cookbook. Dr. Herbert was co-author of Genetic
Nutrition (Macmillan, 1993), with A. Simopoulos and Beverly Jacobson;
later reprinted in softcover
as The Healing Diet (Macmillan, 1995)
He was the editor of The Mount
Sinai School of Medicine Complete Book of Nutrition (St. Martinís Press
1990) and Total Nutrition: The Only Guide Youíll Ever Need:
From the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (St. Martins Press, 1995). He
was also co-author with Dr. Stephen Barrett of The Vitamin Pushers (Prometheus Press, 1994).
A native of New York, Dr. Herbert received his B.S. in chemistry (1948), MD (1952) and JD (1974) all at Columbia University. He was on the founding faculties of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In addition, he was on the full-time faculty of Harvard, Mount Sinai, SUNY Brooklyn (formerly Downstate) and Hahnemann School of Medicine, before returning to Mount Sinai in 1985. His research has been based at the Bronx VA Medical Center since 1968.
Dr. Herbert has the distinction of military service in four wars: WW II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. He retired from military service as a Green Beret with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Donations in Dr. Herbertís memory may be made to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, One East Wacker Drive - Suite 2430, Chicago, Illinois 60601-1905 or The National Council Against Health Fraud, 119 Foster Street, Peabody, MA 01960.
CONTACT: Marilynne Herbert (914) 232-5908 or cellular (914) 282-6793
This page last updated June 23, 2003
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