The concern of pediatrics with the problems of nutrition is hardly new. As a matter of fact, Abraham Jacobi would have said that the study of nutrition is pediatrics. The primary problem of children in the course of their growth and development is the need to be provided with the conditions and the opportunities for obtaining from their environments those raw materials, nutritive as well as experiential, that are essential for normal development and differentiation.
Our present concern is the relation of nutrition to mental development, and particularly, the problem of the degree to which significant experiences of malnutrition at critical ages, which coincide with the most rapid growth and differentiation of brain, may affect development. This concern derives from an increasing body of information which convinces many of us that the brain in its growth is not fundamentally different from other organs and that it is not a perfectly
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