This book collects the papers and discussions presented at a conference held Nov 30, 1970, at the Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Tex. The majority of the talks dealt with foodstuff and energy metabolism in normal, malnourished, and traumatized states. Most of the data discussed had already been recorded in greater depth in the literature, but the essential facts were presented nicely. A thorough knowledge of the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in various states of nutrition and trauma serves as a background for understanding the value and limitations of intravenous hyperalimentation.
During the past five years, intravenous nutrition with large amounts of dextrose and protein hydrolysate or amino acids has been used extensively in the United States. We still lack precise indications for its use; we have not as yet been able to avoid or successfully treat all of the technical septic and metabolic complications; we do