December 1958

Chemical Anthropology.

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By Icie G. Macy and Harriet J. Kelly. Price, $3.75. Pp. 132. The University of Chicago Press, 58th St. and Ellis Ave., Chicago 37, 1957.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;96(6):753. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060060755022

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An attempt has been made in this book to interrelate the processes of physical growth and physiologic function with chemical growth in children (four to twelve years, inclusive). The excellent data used as the basis of this discussion have been published previously by I. G. Macy in three volumes, "Nutrition and Chemical Growth in Childhood; Vol. I. Evaluation (1942), Vol. II. Original Data (1946), and Vol. III. Calculated Data (1951)."

In the first two chapters the authors discuss briefly basic concepts of growth in children and the design of their investigation. The physical and chemical measurements which they made on children are evaluated in the next two chapters. The fifth chapter deals with various methods for the determination of body composition. Estimations of the composition of the body weight of these children are presented. The following chapter, entitled "Chemical Anthropology," in the words of the authors, "... is concerned with the

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