Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Among the problems that burden the field of nutrition is that much basic
information is scattered among many scientific disciplines (eg, biochemistry,
food science, dietetics) and is being added at an accelerating rate. Thus,
it is increasingly difficult to keep up with the field. A book dedicated to
including a large number of facts related to nutrition and food science thus
has a useful purpose beyond that of the usual textbook. Handbook of Food and Nutrition fulfills this purpose quite well, once
one recognizes that the selection of information cannot be comprehensive and
that it reflects to some extent the interests of the editorial board.
Alpers DH. Nutrition. JAMA. 2003;289(14):1859-1860. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1859-a