THIS series of American books dealing with A nutrition illustrates some of the methods by which the results of scientific inquiry may be made generally available for the benefit of a community. (1) The method adopted by Prof. Sure is to present the more dramatic aspects of the subject in a form which may appeal to the intelligent layman. In "The Little Things of Life" he describes the part played by vitamins, mineral elements and hormones in the regulation of living processes, his main theme being the influence of these chemical substances on nutrition and therefore on health. Though written in "non-technical language", the account he gives is more detailed than might be expected from the title. Laymen introduced for the first time to the new knowledge of nutrition might digest more easily a plainer story, in which less attention is given to the chronological sequence of individual discoveries. The general public is usually content with getting some grasp of the main significance of scientific discoveries and is not deeply interested in settling questions of priority.
(1) The Little Things in Life:
the Vitamins, Hormones and other Minute Essentials for Health. By Prof. Barnett Sure. . Pp. xii + 340. (New York and London: D. Appleton-Century Co., Inc., 1937.) 8s. 6d. net.
(2) Elements of Foods and Nutrition
By Mary T. Dowd Prof. Alberta Dent. Pp. xiii + 279. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1937.) 8s. 6d. net.
(3) Dietetics Simplified:
the Use of Foods in Health and Disease. By Prof. L. Jean Bogert. . With Laboratory Section by Mame T. Porter. Pp. ix + 637. (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1937.) 12s. 6d. net.
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(1) The Little Things in Life: (2) Elements of Foods and Nutrition (3) Dietetics Simplified. Nature 140, 829 (1937). https://doi.org/10.1038/140829a0