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This diet manual probably quite nicely provides the practical assistance to pediatricians, nurses, health visitors, etc, as intended—if they are British. However, it should be brought to the attention of an American audience that it is strictly British oriented. All diet information is based on British Medical Association allowances (1947-1950) and food composition tables of Widdowson.
Much of the food terminology is too foreign to be of use for American pediatric or dietetic practioners, for instance: "welfare orange," "rose hip syrup," "black currant juice," "chopped casseroles," "large serves," "milky drink," "lollies," "squashes," "Queen of puddings," "bake at Regulo," etc.
A valuable feature of each special diet is the list of suitable and "forbidden" commercial products, most of which are unknown and unavailable in this country.
The author's special note as well as Dr. Clayton's foreword emphasize their major interest is in metabolic disorders requiring dietary instructions. These disorders are generally
UMBARGER B. Diets for Sick Children. Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(4):454. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090070152033
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