February 1970

Adolescent Nutrition and Growth.

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio


Edited by Felix P Heald, MD. Price, $7.95. Pp 258. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 440 Park Ave, New York 10016, 1969.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(2):195. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050197034

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This book is an aggregation of 18 papers presented at a seminar on nutrition in 1966 (part 1, ten chapters) and at a second seminar on growth in 1967 (part 2, eight chapters). One might judge that topics are very mundane on the one hand, eg, "Is a nutritionist necessary in an adolescent clinic?" and somewhat esoteric on the other, eg, "Thermodynamic basis of life and growth: the driving forces of chemical change." In between these extremes, there are two other papers on basic aspects of energy metabolism and reports on study of androgens in guinea pigs and of human growth hormone in human adults. Also included are two chapters which review biochemical and metabolic disorders as well as morbidity and mortality information in obese adults. One chapter discusses the present art of biochemical appraisal of nutritional status. It would have been better if a brief commentary on nutrition of

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