In addition to giving some advice on policy to the editor in chief, an editorial board member functions primarily as a reviewer of manuscripts in a particular area of knowledge. My scientific interests cover water and mineral physiology, nutrition, and the relationship of the infant and child to the physical environment. These form a continuum; water and minerals are nutrients; the diet is that part of the environment that is ingested. They have in common a chemical theme and physiologic consequences.
These topics are currently learned poorly in most medical schools and residency programs. Part of the difficulty arises because once-difficult concepts have been put into forms of easy application through the supply of feedings and parenteral solutions that, when used properly, nourish and hydrate most infants and children in most instances. With such an armamentarium, (1) thinking about principles sometimes ceases,