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June 1958

The Physiology and Biochemistry of Lactation.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(6):705-706. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050709018

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This book presents a critical and authoritative review of present knowledge of the complex physiological and biochemical processes involved in the growth and function of the mammary gland. The material is presented in a logical and interesting manner, and there is a complete list of references and an index of authors and subjects.

Although there is little mention of the human mammary gland, many of the mammalian studies are thought-provoking to a person interested in human breast feeding. The first three chapters are devoted largely to the endocrine and neuroendocrine control of lactation. The fourth chapter on physiology should be of special interest to those who teach mothers to breast feed. In the last two chapters a thorough account is given of the synthesis of fat, lactose, and protein in the mammary gland.

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