Reviewer: Roula Tzianetas, RDN, BASc (University of British Columbia)
Description: This is a review of the presentations at the 45th Nestle Workshop for researchers in the area of nutrition, immunity, and infection in infants and children. The book reviews the global problem of malnutrition and infectious diseases in children and the current research in areas such as the effect of dietary fatty acids, iron-zinc status, effect of vitamin deficiencies, eating disorders, and HIV.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide valuable reference material for practitioners and researchers in the field of clinical nutrition. I think it's important to document the status of research in the field so that future researchers are aware of areas for further inquiry. The book does meet the author's objective and provided a synopsis of the presentations at the workshop.
Audience: According to the editor, the book is written for researchers and scientists in the field of childhood nutrition and health.
Features: Although the subject is quite extensive, the book does a good job providing a review of the basics of the malnourished child, the immune system, methodology for evaluating the impact of nutrition, and looking at the latest research in the effects of dietary fatty acids, iron-zinc status, vitamin deficiencies, and HIV. There is also quite an extensive list of references. At the end of each chapter, the book provides a detailed discussion section from the workshop. This is quite helpful because it provides the reader with some answers to questions that they may have had regarding certain areas of research.
Assessment: This book serves its purpose of being a reference for researchers and scientists in the field of clinical nutrition, specifically looking at malnutrition and immunity in childhood. The book provides a good review of the current research and a synopsis of some of the researchers' discussions during the workshop. It is most useful for individuals who have a good understanding of childhood malnutrition and clinical immunology.
3 Stars from Doody
The 45th Nestl<`e> Nutrition Workshop (Bangkok, March 1999) reviewed global malnutrition and infectious diseases in children. Twenty-one contributions from nutrition researchers discuss the effects of low birth weight, allergic sensitization, dietary fatty acids, vitamin A supplementation, and eating disorders on immunity. Some of the illnesses studied include gastrointestinal infections, parasitic diseases, HIV, tuberculosis, and melioidosis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)