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April 4, 1953

Therapeutic Meal Plans: A New Diet Manual

JAMA. 1953;151(14):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940140088031

This manual comprises more than 70 different therapeutic diets formulated with emphasis on variation in content of specific nutrients rather than on pathological conditions for which diets are indicated. Practically all possible combinations of nutrients have been considered. The following information is given for each diet: approximate nutrient content, necessary foods, additional foods, foods to be omitted, special rules, and suggested meal plans. Infant and child feeding are discussed, and a table listing comparative values of infant foods is included.

Some confusion results from the large number of diets considered. The arrangement is not entirely satisfactory, and it is difficult to find material quickly. An unfortunate item is a chart containing outdated material and erroneous statements relative to characteristics, functions, and sources of vitamins, and the clinical manifestations of deficiency of these factors. The book should be a useful reference for dietitians, particularly in small hospitals. Physicians will find the

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