This book has been written by the chief of the outpatient department of the Babies' Hospital, New York, in collaboration with a former research chemist, and contains a general discussion of the principles underlying the nutrition of infants and outlines the practical application of those principles. Unfortunately, the principles laid down as fundamental are not always followed in the practical part of the book. The discussion of the function of the individual food elements in nutrition is especially good, and is largely based on research work carried out in the Babies' Hospital.
A good deal is said about the calcium need in the diet and the especial value of milk because of its high calcium content. The interesting but untenable hypothesis is advanced that Japanese and Italians are small because they do not drink enough milk and hence get too little lime.
The subject of digestion in infancy is only