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Science and Nutrition


THIS is a book with a flavour all its own. The author himself modestly defines his aim as being to “put before the reader the kind of methods used in the laboratory study of nutritional problems and the kind of knowledge obtained thereby”. That he has succeeded admirably in this there can be no doubt. But he has done a good deal more as well. The book resembles neither the ordinary ‘elementary science primer’ on one hand nor the usual type of ‘popular science for the layman’ on the other. It puts one hi mind rather of a series of essays, discursive, stimulating, witty, such as one might expect to find in one of the weekly literary or political reviews. With no sacrifice of accuracy, the text is enlivened by the catholic tastes as well as by the stylistic gifts of the author. It is for this reason that Mr. Bacharach's little book will be read with so much entertainment and profit not only by the man in the street to whom, as he tells us, it is principally addressed, but also by the specialist.

Science and Nutrition

By A. L. Bacharach, with a Preface by Prof. J. C. Drummond. (Changing World Library, No. 11.) Pp. xiv + 154. (London: C. A. Watts and Co., Ltd., 1938.) 2s. 6d. net.

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HARRIS, L. Science and Nutrition. Nature 143, 263–264 (1939).

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