Books and Chapters
  • Sauberlich HE, Dowdy RP, Skala JH. Laboratory Tests for the Assessment of Nutrition Status . Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press 1999. New edition of a classic technical work with detailed descriptions of biochemical and other laboratory tests for assessment of global nutrition and most individual nutrients.  
  • Lee RD, Nieman DC. Nutritional Assessment . Madison WI: Brown and Benchmark, 1993.
  • Jelliffe DB, Jelliffe EFP. Community Nutritional Assessment . New York: Oxford University Press, 1989 new ed?) Derrick and Patrice Jelliffe were famous for work on breast-feeding and community nutritional assessment especially in developing countries.  
  • Lo CW, Laboratory Assessment of Nutritional Status, in Walker WA and Watkins JB, eds. Nutrition in Pediatrics , 2nd ed., BC Decker, Hamilton, Ontario, 1996. Detailed book chapter in the most comprehensive medical textbook on pediatric nutrition. 158 references.
  • Hubbard VS and Hubbard LR, Clinical Assessment of Nutritional Status, in Walker WA and Watkins JB, eds. Nutrition in Pediatrics , 2nd ed., BC Decker, Hamilton, Ontario, 1996.
Review papers
  • Jeejeebhoy KN. Nutritional assessment. Nutrition 16: 585-589, 2000 and Jeejeebhoy K, Nutritional Assessment, Gastroenterol Clin N Amer 1998: 27:347-369. (85 ref.) Recent clinical reviews of subjective global clinical nutritional assessment, functional tests of nutritional status, and more sophisticated measures of body composition.  
  • Hensrud DD. Nutrition screening and assessment. Med Clin North Am 1999;83:1525-1546.
  • Omran ML, Morley JE. Assessment of protein energy malnutrition in older persons, part I and II. Nutrition 2000;16:50 and 131.
Original articles
  • Baker JP, et al. Nutritional assessment: a comparison of clinical judgement and objective measurements. N Engl J Med 1982; 306:969. One of the classic papers describing how careful subjective global clinical assessment can be more valuable than any single objective laboratory assessment of nutrition.  
  • Veterans Affairs Total Parenteral Nutrition Cooperative Study Group. Perioperative total parenteral nutrition in surgical patients, N Engl J Med 1991: 325:525-532. A famous large multicenter randomized control trial which failed to show the benefit of preoperative total parenteral nutrition except for moderately or severely malnourished patients.  
  • Mitchell DC, Smicklas-Wright H, Friedmann JM, Jensen G. Dietary intake assessed by the Nutrition Screening Initiative Level II Screen is a sensitive but not a specific indicator of nutritional risk in older adults. JADA 2002;102:842-4.
Classic papers
  • Harris JA, Benedict TG. Biometric Studies of Basal Metabolism in Man. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication No. 279, Washington, DC: Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1919. One of a series of classic monographs on the development of the Harris-Benedict equation for predicting basal metabolic rate in normal humans on the basis of age, height, weight and gender.  
  • Bistrian BR, Blackburn GL, Hallowell E, Heddle R. Protein status of general surgical patients. JAMA 1974; 230:858. One of a number of classic papers which led to the formation of nutrition support services to diagnose widespread hospital malnutrition and treat with enteral or parenteral nutrition.  

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