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June 1979

Nutrition in the Clinical Management of Disease

Author Affiliations

New England Medical Center Hospital 185 Harrison Ave Boston, MA 02111

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(6):661-662. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130060101035

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Chapters of particular interest to pediatricians are reviewed in somewhat greater depth here than are those more exclusively concerned with the management of adults. Chapter 1, "Childhood," written by Brian Wharton of the Institute of Child Health in Birmingham, England, considers nutrition, normal diet, and primary nutritional disorders that may complicate progress from birth to maturity. Breast and bottle feeding both receive coverage. The practicalities and advantages of each method are succinctly reviewed, but commercial formulas discussed are the British rather than the American brands. The special needs of low-birth-weight infants are briefly reviewed. The discussion of later infancy (6 to 11 months), toddlers (1 to 4 years), and school children nicely balances a consideration of diet in normal children in industrialized and developing countries. It includes discussions of the major deficiency diseases and of both prophylactic measures and therapeutic measures to deal with them when they arise. This is

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