November 1973

Nutrition and Nervous System.

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Columbus, Ohio


Edited by J. C. Somogyi and F. Fidanza. Price, $21.85. Pp 202, with 37 figures and 24 tables. S. Karger AG, Medical and Scientific Publishers, Arnold-Bocklin-Strasse 25, CH-4000 Basel 11, Switzerland, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(5):775. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650110107031

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This volume represents a collection of papers given at a symposium of the group of European nutritionists in May of 1970. The speakers were a diverse assemblage, including nutritionists, biochemists, pediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, and physiologists. As in most symposia, the papers are rather unrelated, of varied content, and unequal in value.

It appeared to be the consensus that there is little human data available on the specifics of the problem of the interrelationships of malnutrition and the nervous system. The problem is to be considered in terms of reciprocal effects, not as a one-way street. This makes human experimentation most difficult. Thus, practically all of the experimental data presented are from animal studies with the usual warning that these may not apply to the human subject. Furthermore, it is stated that adequate human data may never be available for definitive studies.

The book should be instructive to those who

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