Blum's book consists essentially of lists of foods which are advised for consumption and of foods which are to be avoided by persons with various conditions encountered in the practice of medicine. The author presents lists which are captioned so that the physician has merely to find in the index of the book the condition with which he is concerned and then turn to an already prepared list of foods for his patient. The presentation is divided into two parts; the first includes "Dietary for Adults in Health and Disease" and the second "Dietary for Infants and Children in Health and Disease." There are a general index and an index by foods. The diets are based on those the author employed "during a period of twenty years." No references are made to the literature.
Each diet is generalized. The foods are rarely expressed quantitatively and then only in general terms.