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June 1955

Mayo Clinic Diet Manual.

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Edition 2. By the Committee on Dietetics of the Mayo Clinic. Price, $5.50. Pp. 247. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(6):767. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110907014

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This is the first revision of the "Mayo Clinic Diet Manual." Diets for every type of problem are included. The basic pattern of the manual is to summarize a specific diet in terms of protein, carbohydrate, fat, calories, minerals, and vitamins. Following this outline, the diet appears in detail, listing specific foods to be used for each meal, as well as for interval feedings when necessary. The section on diabetes briefly describes methods for calculating caloric requirements for adults and children and lists tables for the quantitative diet prescription.

Weight-reduction diets are presented in detail, and methods for predicting weight loss over a given period of time are described.

A useful appendix includes many tables to which one may refer for information concerning caloric values of specific foods, vitamin content, mineral content, height and weight tables, and other facts pertinent to the field of nutrition.

This volume is certainly a

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