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It is a rare pleasure to read a text that presents so many of the important aspects of pediatric gastroenterology in infancy with the depth and clarity of this work.
This two-volume comprehensive textbook was written by persons who have made major contributions to the field. Despite the multiauthored format, there is consistency of presentation and style, which results in a highly readable and informative work.
The first volume, Gastrointestinal Development and Perinatal Nutrition, contains 11 sections, each having a short preview of the information to be discussed. Included are chapters devoted to "Intrauterine Nutrition, Growth, and Development"; "Ontogeny of the Gastrointestinal Tract"; "Development of Immunologic and Bacteriologic Properties of the Gastrointestinal Tract"; "Carbohydrates in Infant Nutrition"; and "Fats in Infant Nutrition." The content throughout is richly supported by studies in experimental animals and human infants. The goal is always to explain gastrointestinal physiology based on the most current knowledge
Kirschner BS. Textbook of Gastroenterology and Nutrition in Infancy, vol 1: Gastrointestinal Development and Perinatal Nutrition; vol 2: Gastrointestinal Diseases and Nutritional Inadequacies. JAMA. 1982;247(6):889. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320310115061
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