This book, Vol. 19 in a series of smaller texts for postgraduate education, has the expressed purpose of serving the busy practitioner as a quick guide in the newer developments of the nutritional aspects of pediatrics. In its 141 pages the author deals with a great variety of subjects, which are not all immediately related to nutrition, e. g., congenital heart disease, fetal erythroblastosis, etc.
The presentation of the digestive physiology, vitamins, and vitamin deficiency diseases does not differ remarkably from similar chapters in standard pediatric texts. In such a relatively small volume, the multitude and variety of covered subjects results in a regretable lack of practical details. Considerable space is also devoted to matters of general interest and development of concepts, often exceeding the more practical aspects of pathology, diagnosis, and treatment. Our newer knowledge and understanding in the quantitative aspects of fluid balance and electrolyte disturbance are not