Human Milk in the Modern World

by D. B. Jelliffe and E. F. P. Jelliffe. 500 pages, 1,763 references. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England. 1978. $39.50

Robert R. Franklin Kinshasa (I.D.) P.H.O. Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520

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As stated by the authors, “The purpose of this book is to review and evaluate the modern scientific information concerning a wide range of different aspects of human milk and breast-feeding, which have not been brought together before.”

This purpose has been accomplished in a remarkable fashion. The Jelliffes are well known for their contributions to the fields of nutrition and maternal and child health. The present volume is a review and synthesis of an abundance of data ranging in time span from the historical up through the very recent and ranging in perspective from laboratory investigation through large scale cross-cultural field studies. The result is a highly readable presentation of pertinent information as interpreted by two experts in the field as both scientists and practitioners.

The book begins with a review of biochemical properties of milk and the psychophysical processes regulating breast-feeding. Comparisons and contrasts are made between species with emphasis on human and cow's milk.

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