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Book Reviews
July 1945

Nutrición Infantil: Sus fundamentos fisiologicos.

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By Dr. Alvaro Silva. Price, not given. Pp. 296, with 16 illustrations and numerous tables. Habana, Cuba: Seoane, Fernández y Cía., 1944. (Procurable only from Manuel V. Fresneda, Neptuno no. 565, Habana, Cuba.)

Am J Dis Child. 1945;70(1):53. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020190060012

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Abstract

The importance of Dr. Silva's monograph to the Cuban physician is indicated by the facts that it received the Diego Tamayo prize for 1944 from the Habana Society for Clinical Investigation and is prefaced by an introduction from the pen of Dr. Octavio Montoro.

As to the monograph itself, it is a first-rate textbook account of infant nutrition as it is viewed today in North America. Of the eighty key references cited in the bibliography, fifty-eight are to the North American literature.

The tone of the book is didactic. Its thirty-five chapters deal in an orderly manner with the general requirements for energy imposed by growth and the more specific demands made by development. The physiologic details of the metabolism of total energy, protein, carbohydrate, fat, water and minerals are each given due attention. The vitamins from A through K receive special consideration.

Having discussed physiology, Dr. Silva turns to

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