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Only a bold person would make an effort to set forth the essentials of nutritional diagnosis in a small book without illustrations, because the clinical signs of malnutrition are notable for their profusion, their complexity, and in some instances their specificity. Nonetheless, Dr. Goldsmith has undertaken to give what may be thought of as a synopsis rather than a textbook on nutritional diagnosis. A study of the references would indicate that the book had been largely completed several years ago, but since very little new matter has thrown any light on diagnosis in this difficult field there are no serious omissions.
The book is a satisfactory introduction to be used by an undergraduate student or suitable for a review by someone well versed in nutritional problems. But it has neither the depth nor the breadth of a full-fledged treatise on nutrition. Historical element finds no place in this book, and
Bean WB. Nutritional Diagnosis.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(3):496. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270150150017