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February 2, 1952

Let's Have Healthy Children

JAMA. 1952;148(5):416. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930050088036

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This book on prenatal care and the care of the baby has been written by a nutritionist who has had excellent training in this field. Obviously, good nutrition is important in pregnancy for the mother, for the unborn child, and for the successful care of the infant after it is born. However, there are other facets of prenatal care that the author neglects. The importance of good nutrition in pregnancy is discussed adequately. Balanced diets are charted, and there are many helpful hints on the preparation of an optimum diet. The advantages of breast feeding are described. The feeding of the infant and the many problems that this entails are fully discussed. There is too much emphasis on vitamin supplements throughout the book. The reader is given the erroneous impression that vitamins and minerals prevent or cure most of the disturbances of pregnancy. The book presents much useful data on

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