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Parenteral nutritional support as a therapeutic option has been available less than 20 years. During that time, the intravenous infusion of nutrients has emerged from the physiologic laboratory to attain status as a clinical specialty. The 10 years demonstrated the prevalence of malnutrition among patients and the efficacy of parenteral nutrition as a restorative. Recent focus has been on the applications of nutritional support and on the commercial proliferation of solutions, pumps, and catheters. Parenteral Nutrition reviews these topics on several overlapping levels in 43 chapters with 82 authors. A casual review of "intravenous nutrition" from 1628 to 1973 is
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Parenteral Nutrition.. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:324. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-2-324_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(2):324.
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