September 16, 1983

Nutrition for the Practicing Physician

Author Affiliations

Snohomish, Wash


by Mervyn D. Willard (Clinical Practice Series), 265 pp, $26.95, Menlo Park, Calif, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;250(11):1472-1473. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340110074054

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The purpose of this book has been well and completely stated in the publisher's foreward: "To provide current clinical information in a practical and accessible format." That goal has been attained. The author states that certain topics have not been touched on. That is true, but on the whole, this book has enough upto-date nutritional information to make it a valuable reference book for any primary care physician and many others.

It would seem that a chapter on what is considered good nutrition should precede one on malnutrition, a word that covers a multitude of feeding sins.

Reading this makes one think that, sick or well, everyone can profit from excellent nutrition. It is today the most potent weapon in the physician's armamentarium. It indeed can work miracles, for no ailing person recovers without it. Of no other single type of therapy can this be said.

Protein being a part