This is a book that should have great appeal to all physicians regardless of specialty or type of practice. It presents a wealth of material on the clinical, physiological and biochemical aspects of all normal and abnormal phases of nutrition.
The book is divided into three parts. The first is concerned with the diagnosis of nutritional problems. Pathogenesis, history taking, clinical signs, biochemical methods and roentgenologic examination are discussed in understandable fashion. The color plates depicting various vitamin deficiency states bring to the reader beautiful examples of the disease under discussion. Reproductions of roentgenograms are excellent. The critique of laboratory methods is unbiased and informative.
Part II presents a comprehensive clinical and physiological approach to each of the nutrient elements. The chapters on protein metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism and electrolyte (sodium, potassium and chloride) metabolism are excellent. The discussion of the vitamins is outstanding; iron metabolism, iodine metabolism and trace substances