Infant Nutrition in the Subtropics and Tropics, WHO Monograph Series No. 29

D. B. Jellife, M.D., M.R.C.P., D.C.H., D.T.M. & H., WHO Visiting Professor of Paediatrics, All-India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta. 237 pp., illustrated. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1955. $5.00 N. Y., Columbia Univ. Press, International Documents Service, 2960 Broadway, New York 27, N. Y

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This is not only an interesting and valuable review of infant-feeding practices in the sub-tropics and tropics but an illuminating guide to the principal diseases of nutritional origin which are prevalent in these same regions. Much of the material was obtained in an extensive survey carried out in 1953 and in the personal clinical experience of the author in the Sudan, Nigeria and Jamaica. An up-to-date citation of the pertinent literature adds to the value of the book, covering as it does British, continental and Far Eastern references not always familiar to American readers.

Since the organization of material is largely geographical a considerable amount of repetition occurs. The effect nevertheless emphasizes the prevailing theme. The same unhappy stunting of growth, susceptibility to infections and infestations, nutritional diseases and high mortality result everywhere from the high carbohydrate, high roughage, low protein, low vitamin foods available to infants of weaning and post weaning age.