Our conference was opened by Dr. Béhar, who told us that 25 years ago the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) was focusing on the school-age child; interest then shifted to the preschool child, and then to the first two years of life. He reminded us that today the emphasis is on embryonic development. His remarks defined our task: to delineate the measurements of fetal and perinatal growth as a function of environmental, maternal, and placental indices. He aptly pointed out that one cannot undertake such an investigation by studying only the newborn, because a neonate is in fact 9 months old.
Dr. Gordon spoke to us on the question of nutritional individuality. He summarized his comments by saying that nutrition permeates all aspects of life, and that malnutrition is a community problem. I was interested to notice that he also referred to the newborn as being