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January 27, 1984

Clinical Nutrition

JAMA. 1984;251(4):540-541. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340280082044

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This is a well-edited, efficiently arranged paperback. It joins a deluge of books on nutrition written by gastroenterologists (Taylor). This publishing trend does not arise from the notion that because the gastrointestinal (GI) tract handles food and because the gastroenterologists handle the GI tract, gastroenterologists are nutritionists. The explanation is more pragmatic. The gastroenterologists have taken over the mainstream of funding of nutrition research. Their books may be their review work sheets.

This book has good and useful tables and figures, including four pages of color photographs. It might have filled a clinician's needs but it does not. The reason is that the authors accept without reservation or question a long line of dietary dictums and dogmas. They describe the new liberalization of dietary practices for patients with diabetes but then present the "exchange lists" and the old diabetic dietary routine. The authors endorse and describe the currently disproved dietary