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February 1964

Malnutrition and the Eye.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(2):287-288. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010303025

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This is a book which the reviewer thought was fascinating. He opened it on a hot, humid summer night thinking this would soon induce sleep. Hours later he was still reading it. The Foreword states that the author, Dr. McLaren, has practiced clinical medicine in India, undertaken experimental nutritional research on animals, and has been an advisor to the World Health Organization on nutritional problems. It is difficult for us in a nation of "overfed" people (whose chief problem in malnutrition is said to be obesity) to realize the problems of the "underfed." In the preface the author states that probably more children go blind from vitamin A deficiency now than ever before.

The book is divided into three parts. The first is a short description of the anatomy of the eye and can be omitted by the ophthalmologist. The second part reviews malnutrition in animals; most interesting for the

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