Book Reviews
May 1944

The Food You Eat, a Practical Guide to Home Nutrition.

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By Samuel and Violette Glasstone. Price, $2.25. Pp. 277, with illustrations. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1943.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;67(5):423. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020050085013

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According to the publisher's announcement printed on the jacket, this book is intended as "a practical guide for home use" and for "those many agencies which are now engaged in educating consumers toward health for victory." The same announcement states that the book should "prove itself extremely valuable for use by the nutritionist, the dietician and the doctor." After such an introduction it is a surprise to learn that the authors, although competent in other fields of science, are not persons with special training in nutrition, and it is a shock to find the many inaccuracies, misstatements and incorrect interpretations of scientific facts which the book contains. Although the information concerning the chemistry of food is in the main correct, much of the other material included in the text apparently has been derived from scientifically unreliable sources. The book is attractively illustrated and well indexed but contains no bibliography.


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