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July 11, 1977

Nutrition Reviews' Present Knowledge in Nutrition

JAMA. 1977;238(2):166-167. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280020070035

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Although published as a fourth edition, Nutrition Reviews' Present Knowledge in Nutrition has little in common with its predecessors. It surpasses previous versions on every account. Far more comprehensive, the text has expanded fourfold since the last edition (1967), yet the individual chapters are more concisely written than in the past. Thus, more subjects are covered more thoroughly.

Dramatic alterations in layout allow the volume to be read with ease and even with pleasure. In contrast with the past volumes, the present edition is attractively bound, and the type is much clearer. Illustrations are both well chosen and well presented. References, collected at the end of each chapter, no longer interrupt the flow of each sentence. In short, the new edition can be read without needless distractions.

Regarding content, the volume covers most currently important aspects of human nutrition, at least briefly. Biochemical and physiological concepts are presented simply, often