Total parenteral nutrition is playing an ever-increasing role in patient care. The proceedings of an international symposium on nutritional supplementation make up the contents of this volume. Discussion of the fundamentals of intravenous nutrition, especially its hormonal interactions and the metabolic consequences of nutritional deprivation, provides the novice with sufficient background information to fully appreciate this complex subject. Multiple authors critically review each component of nutritional supplementation, with each section followed by a panel discussion on areas of controversy.
The biochemical rationale of total parenteral nutrition is emphasized. The metabolic complications, particularly acid-base disturbances, are well presented, as are the