The "Handbook of Nutrition" is a symposium on nutrition written for physicians and for all others who are interested in the field of nutrition. Each article is contributed by an authority in his particular field. The keynote of the book is the role of nutrition in the advance of the human race. The purpose of the book is to amplify the knowledge of nutrition. Stiebeling says in her chapter on American diets: "As far as the immediate or long term well-being of a person can be improved through dietary betterment, that person falls short of being truly well fed."
The first chapters deal with constituents of food-proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins; calories; the human requirement; the role of the various nutritional elements in metabolism, and their incorporation into the daily food intake.
There follows a discussion of the changes in the composition of foods, especially in their vitamin and