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June 15, 1984

Nutritional Support of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1984;251(23):3151. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340470071038

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This popular book has appeared in a second edition, six years after its initial publication. The majority of the book has been redone; about 25% of the authors are new in this edition. The authors are a rich mixture of nutrition scientists, specialist physicians, and dietitians presenting most of what is known about human nutrition in 36 chapters. These consist of four chapters on the physiological basis of nutrition, ten addressing the major modalities of applied nutrition, and 22 chapters on specific disease entities or frequently encountered nutrition problems.

Outstandingly written and illustrated chapters are presented on "Community Nutrition Resources," "The Nutrition Support Service in Hospital Practice," and "Protein-Calorie Malnutrition and Its Management." Excellent chapters address the treatment of burns, endocrinology and nutrition, and geriatrics. In contrast, the introductory chapters, those addressing curative nutrition— vitamins, diabetes, and neurological disease—are just not up to date with many of the concepts in