July 1993

Textbook of Pediatric Nutrition

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics State University of New York–Brooklyn 450 Clarkson Ave, Box 49 Brooklyn, NY 11203


2nd ed, edited by R. M. Suskind and L. Lewinter-Suskind, 571 pp, $120, New York, NY, Raven Press, 1993.

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(7):798. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160310100032

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This textbook appears in its second edition 11 years after the first. The number of pages has decreased, but the page size has increased so that, overall, there is about a 16% increase in text. There are 62 authors for some 45 chapters and two appendixes, similar to the first edition, but surprisingly, only about 20% of the original authors are represented this time.

Some of the chapters are excellent. A few are rather weak and even confusing. As might be expected, there is some redundancy in content and sharp differences in style among chapters. For example, in one chapter, there are 14 references and another chapter, shorter in text, has 251. In another chapter, one author correctly relates water and electrolyte requirements to energy expended; however, some data are incorrectly given as milliliters per kilogram per day.

I have one significant complaint. In the past, a textbook on nutrition

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