You probably ignored your mom when she told you to eat your veggies so you can grow big and strong. Yet today you're probably eating more nutritional foods—foods you wouldn't touch when you were a kid—because you've learned that healthy foods provide the balanced nutrition needed to fend off diseases.

You might wonder how a chapter on nutrition slipped into a book on pharmacology. Nutrients are given to patients who are at risk for malnutrition caused by disease and caused by treatments given to cure diseases. Nutrients are also given to strengthen the patient following a trauma such as surgery.

In this chapter, you'll learn about nutritional support therapies, how to prepare them, how to administer them, and how to avoid any complications that might arise.

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