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Book Review
January 2002

Clinical Nutrition: Parenteral Nutrition

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3rd ed, edited by John L. Rombeau, MD, and Rolando H. Rolandelli, MD, 640 pp, with 221 illus, $110, ISBN 0-7216-8120-4, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 2001.

Arch Surg. 2002;137(1):111. doi:

The third edition of Clinical Nutrition: Parenteral Nutrition (edited by John L. Rombeau, MD, and Rolando H. Rolandelli, MD) is a well-written, state-of-the-art book that is equally if not more impressive than the second edition. The editors have chosen authors who are world-renowned in the field of nutrition support and who provide a comprehensive review of the most important issues in parenteral nutrition. This edition, like the previous one, will be considered a bible textbook of the field. The first chapter is extremely well written and provides both the experienced nutrition practitioner and the novice with a fascinating review of the history of nutrition support. It covers the first blood transfusions; infectious problems associated with the beginnings of intravenous solutions, which subsequently led to improved sterilization techniques; the monumental contributions of Francis D. Moore, MD, at Harvard Medical School to the field of surgical metabolism and nutrition; the start of central venous catheterization; and of course, the story of the first human infusion of parenteral nutrition.

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