by Ruth A. Lawrence, 367 pp, 110 illus, $13.95, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1980.
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Although several well-written, mother-oriented texts offering practical advice on breast-feeding have been available for many years, few physicians look to them for guidance. This book attempts to meet the urgent need for a readily accessible source of information on both the science and the practice of breast-feeding that will be acceptable to physicians.
Although not responsible for physicians' generally negative attitudes toward breast-feeding, the absence of a good reference work is certainly a contributing factor. As strong supporters of human-milk-feeding, we welcomed the arrival of a book promising a comprehensive, up-to-date review of both the science of human lactation and its application.
Dr Lawrence intends an extremely comprehensive text, with nearly 100 pages devoted to basic issues of anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, and physiology and 200 pages devoted to clinical considerations. A 57-page appendix includes a variety of material, ranging from growth curves to suggested history forms to lists of organizations
GARTNER LM, GARTNER CB. Breast-Feeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession. Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(1):88-89. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130250074035