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February 1975

Early Malnutrition and Mental Development

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Research Institute St. Joseph's Hospital Lancaster, PA 17604

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(2):267. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120390087029

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This is the most recent publication in a long series of excellent monographs by the Swedish Nutrition Foundation on diverse aspects of nutrition. The volume contains the papers presented at a multidiscipline international symposium on early malnutrition and mental development by a number of investigators who are currently making significant contributions to the field. The papers are uniformly excellent—including appropriate review material along with the latest information in each area.

The symposium was held at Saltsjöbaden (Stockholm), Aug 20 to 22, 1973. The main topics discussed in the various sessions included the following:

  1. Overview: "Malnutrition in Man" (Waterlow and Rutishauser) and "The Epidemiology of Mental Retardation and Its Relationship to Research on Malnutrition" (Tizard).

  2. 2.—Malnutrition and brain development: "Morphological Development" (Sourander et al); "Cytoarchitechtonic Derangement With Undernutrition" (Escobar); "Neurochemical Changes" (Winick and Rosso); "Lipid Biochemical Changes" (Svennerhold); "Electrophysiology" (Coursin); "Nerve Conduction" (Engsner); "Neuroendocrine Development" (Levine).

  3. 3.—Prenatal malnutrition and subsequent development:

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