Mild-Moderate Forms of Protein-Calorie Malnutrition

Symposia of the Swedish Nutrition Foundation, Bastad, August 29–31, 1962, edited by Gunnar Blix, M.D. 159 pages, illustrated. Almquist and Wiksells, Uppsala. 1963

Nevin S. Scrimshaw Department of Nutrition and Food Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts

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“Protein-calorie malnutrition” is a term for the continuous spectrum of deficiency, ranging from the classical kwashiorkor to the nutritional marasmus, which is so common among children during and after weaning in nearly all lesser developed areas. This first symposium of the new Swedish Nutrition Foundation consists of brief, but up-to-date, summaries by internationally recognized authorities of the clinical, the biochemical, the metabolic, the epidemiological and the public health aspects of the problem, as well as the assessment of mild to moderate protein-calorie malnutrition in a community and other related topics. New and important is the description by J. Cravioto and B. Robles of the clear-cut and lasting influences on psychological test performance of even mild forms of such malnutrition in very young children. The volume is too abbreviated to serve as a text or reference book, but it is a useful summary of the consensus of experts on this subject.