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February 27, 1978

Nutritional Support of Medical Practice

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1978;239(9):866-867. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280360062030

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No brief review can do justice to the inadequacies of this text. However, because the book has received wide promotion, it warrants reviewing—if for no other reason than to serve as a warning to teachers who might consider imposing it on their students. The comments that follow should be read as a critique of the conception and execution of the work as a whole, not as criticism of those few of the book's many authors who have, in fact, made notable contributions to clinical nutrition.

The editors claim that their text is meant to be "clinically applicable in day-to-day medical practice." Yet the editors themselves and many of their contributors are far removed from modern clinical medicine. As a result, large sections read as if they were extracted from medical texts that were current several decades ago. Other sections repeat the familiar clichés about the importance of nutrition, "the team