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December 1929


Am J Dis Child. 1929;38(6):1349. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930120227024

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The first part of the book gives an excellent exposition of Pirquet's system of nutrition. At first, this strikes me as unnecessarily complex, but when once mastered along with the key letters for description, one can see its advantage—particularly in dealing with large numbers of infants and children. Calculations for diet are based on the supposed fact that the square of the sitting height represents the absorbing area of the intestine, and that the maximum amount of food that can be handled in twenty-four hours is the equivalent of 1 cc. of breast milk per square centimeter of intestinal surface. The minimum is three tenths of this amount; the optimum usually seven tenths.

The larger part of the book discusses the actual management of individual cases. Complete graphic charts accompany each history. The nutritional management of such special conditions as Herter's infantilism, cyclic vomiting, kidney diseases, diabetes, epilepsy and

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