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January 23, 1960

Nutritional Diagnosis

JAMA. 1960;172(4):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020040101033

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The author is an experienced and respected physician and investigator in the field of human nutrition. She has prepared this review of current knowledge to assist the physician in evaluating and managing the nutritional problems of his patients. The book is timely in that it presents in succinct, authoritative form a resumé of all the important advances of recent years that have helped to improve the diagnosis of nutritional abnormalities. The usefulness of this kind of information is indicated by the many diseases which may be accompanied by nutritional disturbance. These are discussed in relation to each of the nutrients required by man. The author assesses the daily requirement of each essential nutrient. Manifestations of deficiency or excess are discussed. The limitations of presumptive diagnosis of specific deficiencies based on physical manifestations alone are stressed, and the assistance to be obtained from laboratory tests is evaluated. A carefully selected bibliography

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