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This book is a rhetorical Cook's tour of a large variety of subjects intimately and remotely related to nutrition. The reviewer shares the conviction of the author that it is important to consider adequately the biologic forces which condition the success or failure of a nutritional program, and he respects the author's painstaking attempt to provide those facts. He doubts, however, whether the reader's interest will survive this encyclopedic presentation. The author's aim is excellent, but he has wrecked his target with too much ammunition. In the first few chapters, on heredity and environment, the information presented is practically an epitomized version of a text on that subject. It is also doubtful whether details on disease processes and diagnosis contribute to the purpose of the book. The material on nutrition and metabolism is excellent, but some of it is far too detailed for the lay reader. The remainder of the