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January 28, 1983

Pediatric Disorders of Feeding, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Author Affiliations

UCLA Center for Health Sciences Los Angeles

JAMA. 1983;249(4):532. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330280074048

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This book of 13 chapters attempts to cover all disorders of feeding, nutrition, and metabolism in pediatric patients. The chapters presented are "Nutritional Requirements as a Function of Age," "Foodstuffs for Infant Feeding," "Nutritional Assessment," "Infant Feeding Disorders," "Growth Failure Without Organic Disease," "Growth Abnormalities in Organic Disease," "Nutrition and the Central Nervous System," "Nutritional Effects on the Immunodefense and Blood-Forming Systems," "Nutrition in Gastrointestinal Disorders," "Vitamin Deficiencies," "Mineral Deficiencies," "Disorders of Overnutrition," and "Nutritional Management of Inborn Errors of Metabolism."

The book is quite readable and presented in a manner that is useful for the clinician. In the section on feeding disorders, there is a helpful section on history taking and a questionnaire that may be used in learning from the parents about the infant's eating skills and behavior.

There are many useful charts and tables in the section on nutritional assessment that a clinician could refer to for