Protein Malnutrition, Proceedings of a Conference in Jamaica (1953) sponsored jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (F.A.O.), World Health Organization (W.H.O.), Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, New York,
by J. C. Waterlow, editor. 277 pp. illustrated. New York, Columbia University Press, 1956, $3.50
This conference drew together a panel of twenty-six distinguished participants from many parts of the world to discuss the scientific and technical aspects of protein undernutrition and kwashiorkor, a malady of vast importance to a large segment of the world's population of children. The published report is recommended to those workers in the fields of biochemistry, pediatrics, pathology, agriculture, nutrition and public health to whom we must look for solutions of this outstanding nutrition problem of the underdeveloped areas of the world.
The Jamaica Conference of 1953 had been preceded by a number of other meetings of experts on the same subject sponsored by W.H.O. and F.A.O. In the present instance it was decided to utilize the informal discussion technic of previous Macy conferences. This means that there were no formal agenda or papers, interruption of speakers was encouraged, and discussion was unorganized and free.The result is that the experienced reader will find here a rich interplay of differing points of view and experience regarding protein malnutrition in young children, while those who feel the need for a comprehensive and structured review of the subject at hand must turn elsewhere.