December 1994

Nutrition of Normal Infants

Author Affiliations

State University of New York at Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY


by Samuel J. Fomon, MD, 473 pp, with illus, $79, ISBN 1-55664-248-2, St Louis, Mo, Mosby-Year Book Inc, 1993.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(12):1358. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170120120032

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Books of exceptional worth such as this one seldom come along. This work adds an extraordinary compendium of factual information together with a lucid description of all the problems that pertain to the nutrition of normal infants, including science and clinical application. Of the 29 chapters, Dr Fomon is the sole author of all but 10. In nine of these 10 chapters, he is the principal author. There is only one chapter in which seniority goes to a coauthor, one of nine other contributors. This creates a uniformity of style, presentation, and openness that makes the book easy to read. The organization of material is somewhat idiosyncratic, which in no way detracts from the ability of the reader to extract the information desired. In addition, the organization leads to some redundancy, which is not a significant problem. The publisher's work is excellent in editing and layout; I found only one

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