Advances in International Maternal and Child Health, Volume 3

edited by D. B. Jelliffe and E. F. P. Jelliffe, 181 pages. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016. $45.00

Flora Cherry Applied Health Sciences Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

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This third annual review offers a potpourri of papers on interesting topics by authoritative authors. Several papers address the effects of social forces: David Litt and P. M. Shah of WHO review the consequences of continuing child labor on health, while Mary Lofton and Gwen Gotsch cover some rather surprising recent developments concerning legal rights of breast-feeding mothers in the USA—steps toward overcoming the ambivalence concerning breast nurturing and sexual roles spurred by the resurgence in breast-feeding. From WHO officials also comes a review of the effects of social change on traditional practices affecting women and children in the eastern Mediterranean region, such as legislation to prohibit the harmful practices of female circumcision and child marriage.

Three papers reflect a continuing interest in breast-feeding. The first is by Roger V. Short on the biological basis for the contraceptive effects of breast-feeding; the second, on plants as galactogogues, is by Ranjit R. Chaudbury and K. H. Tennekoon; and the third from Patrice and Derrick Jelliffe discusses a monitoring matrix for infant formula advertising.

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