November 14, 1990

Textbook of Gastroenterology and Nutrition in Infancy

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


edited by Emanuel Lebenthal, 2nd ed, 1383 pp, with illus, $170, ISBN 0-88167-522-9, New York, NY, Raven Press, 1989.

JAMA. 1990;264(18):2453. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450180119049

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The second edition of this textbook adds several significant chapters and is reorganized into major divisions, eg, intrauterine and neonatal life and beyond, specific macronutrient and micronutrient requirements, and adverse effects of inadequate nutrition. It then addresses gastrointestinal problems (congenital and otherwise) and major issues such as liver and pancreatic diseases and diarrhea and constipation. The various chapters are detailed and include up-to-date references. These features make the book a comprehensive treatise on gastroenterology and nutrition for physicians, dieticians, nutritionists, and other professionals who have an interest in nutrition and the gastrointestinal tract.

The book begins with a section on intrauterine nutrition, growth, and development. It deals with the development of the various enzyme systems and ends with a discussion of the effect of early nutrition on brain development. Among the chapters in this section is an excellent discussion of the nutritional adequacy of human milk for the preterm infant.