Clinical Nutrition in Gastrointestinal Disease

Alan Buchman, MD, MSPH

Chapter 34: Indications And Contraindications To Enteral And Parenteral Nutrition (continued)

Ronald L. Koretz, MD

Indication: a symptom or particular circumstance that indicates the advisability or necessity of (as a special medical treatment or procedure).Webster’s Third New International Dictionary Over the past several decades, the cost of healthcare in the United States has increased rapidly. Americans are currently spending in excess of $1 trillion (or as a former President of the United States put it, “a million million dollars”) annually, which translates into about 15% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Furthermore, it has been projected that the growth in such…