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September 19, 1942

Heredity, Food, and Environment in the Nutrition of Infants and Children

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By George Dow Scott, A.B., B.S., M.D., Consulting Pediatrician to the Lutheran Hospital, New York City. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 778. Boston: Chapman & Grimes, Publishers, 1942.

JAMA. 1942;120(3):245. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830380077038

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This volume by its title indicates the tremendous scope of its approach to the problem of nutrition for children. Sections on heredity and environment, the biology of mating, the growth of the cell and on disease in general precede discussions of metabolism and the discussion of infant nutrition. There are special sections devoted to each of the individual foods, the fruits, physical and psychic stimuli and physiologic processes. The scope of the volume is thus so great that it is far more likely to be considered a work of reference than a book easily readable or a textbook. It is interesting to observe that the section on oleomargarine fails to mention the recent action for enrichment of margarine with vitamin A. The section on cocoa and chocolate in the child's diet credits the eating of chocolate with the causation of tooth decay and fails to mention the frequent sensitivity to

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