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April 1978

Textbook of Paediatric Nutrition

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Rochester, NY 14642

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(4):438-439. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120290110034

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These two books contain a great deal of information on nutrition. Both are multiauthored, contributors to the McLaren-Burman text being drawn for the most part from Great Britain and South Africa whereas those for the Schneider-Anderson-Coursin work are exclusively American. The former deals solely with infants and children, the latter covers the age spectrum. The orientation is toward the clinician, the biochemical and physiological underpinnings of nutritional science being accorded rather modest treatment.

The frontispiece illustration in the McLaren-Burman text (two engravings by Brueghel 1563) sets the tone of mother-child interaction: La Cuisine Maigre, a scrawny infant being fed by a scrawny woman, and La Cuisine Grasse, a plump baby being nursed by an obese woman. The book devotes much space to the topic of protein-caloric malnutrition. The role of infection in precipitating extreme malnutrition in situations of marginal food supply receives comment, as do socioeconomic and cultural factors: "maternal

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