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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: S. Kaleen Quadri, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This new book on the biology of aging contains contributions by researchers from U.S. medical schools and gerontology research centers.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a broad overview of the current state of knowledge on several aspects of aging in mammals. with emphasis on human aging. It covers such topics as aging of the organ systems and metabolic and molecular aspects of aging. It also includes discussions of the theories of aging, selection of human subjects, and the use of cell cultures and animal models for aging studies.
Audience: Although targeted for researchers in biology of aging, the book will also be useful to geriatricians. For the most part, the authors of various chapters in the book are established investigators in their respective areas.
Features: The book includes charts, tables, graphs and a reasonably long list of references at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: The book brings together information on a variety of topics in the field of gerontology. It is a useful book for beginning researchers as well as for established researchers who need quick access to information on an aspect of aging which is not their specialty. The book can also serve as a source of initial reference for geriatricians.