This volume contains 22 chapters written by 39 authors, only two of whom are American; the others are largely from Europe. The book describes in great detail the metabolic requirements of athletes and those who perform heavy labor. It outlines the utilization of food for energy purposes by various body organs and describes the principal metabolic pathways by which food is ultimately reduced to energy plus metabolic byproducts.
The diagrams, graphs, and tables are plentiful, are well done, and greatly aid the reader in following the text. The references are extensive, and I would judge them to be carefully selected and reasonably complete. This is one volume in an international series of sport sciences, and Richard C. Nelson and Chauncey A. Morehouse at Pennsylvania State University (who edit the series) have done a fine job of editing this text, for it reads as if written by someone whose native tongue