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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Julia C Socke, RD, LDN, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is a basic overview of pediatric nutrition for healthy children as well as children who have been diagnosed with a disease or disorder.
Purpose: The main purpose is to educate students and practitioners about the core best-practice guidelines in nutrition for healthy children and children diagnosed with diseases. This book definitely meets the authors' objectives by providing a good overview of pediatric nutrition, but there are many books that cover the basics in pediatric nutrition. I am not sure that this book is filling any niche that other books have not filled already.
Audience: It is written for students and practitioners, but it is better suited for dietetic students than practicing dietitians.
Features: The book covers basic pediatric nutrition from infancy to adolescence, assessment of growth, and common diseases/disorders that occur in children. I am not sure I would call this book innovative, but it is easy to read and provides a great overview for students learning about pediatric nutrition. The tables in the book are relevant and well organized. The only shortcoming is that this book may not be providing new information that is not already available in other books.
Assessment: This book is well written, organized, and easy to read for dietetic students. Established clinical dietitians already working with a pediatric population may not find this book as helpful. Additionally, I am not sure there is a need for it as there are many others that fulfill the same objectives.