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April 7, 1956

Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease: Dietotherapy

JAMA. 1956;160(14):1267. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960490081030

This volume by 55 contributors presents a wide variety of considerations of nutritional physiology and diet therapy. It is a reference work that should be useful to many physicians with special interest in diseases of metabolism and nutrition. Seventeen chapters deal with the nutrients and with nutritional physiology, including appetite and hunger. The remaining chapters are concerned with nutrition in disease and in a number of physiological states, including pregnancy, infancy, and old age. The appendix consists of a table of food composition, a one-page discussion of beverages, a plan for a full diet, and a table of measures. The eminence and active investigative interest of many of the contributors assures authoritative treatment of most subjects, but there exists the unevenness of purpose, scope, and critical approach that often characterizes compilations. Most chapters are extensively documented. Some, however, are less an effort to review a field than to present the

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