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From The CriticsReviewer: Neva L Crogan, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Arizona College of Nursing)
Description: This is the newest edition of a popular basic nutrition textbook first published in 1958. It includes updated content areas while maintaining its user-friendly format.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to introduce basic principles of scientific nutrition and present their applications in person-centered care in health and disease. This new edition reflects the changing times and needs for nutrition education.
Audience: According to the author, this book is designed for students and healthcare workers in beginning, assistance-level programs for practical or licensed vocational nurses, as well as for diet technicians or aides. The author has gathered an impressive list of reviewers who have provided valuable insight and direction in writing this new edition.
Features: Chapters are organized under four main categories: Introduction to basic principles of nutritional science; Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle; Community Nutrition and Healthcare; and Clinical Nutrition. This innovative organization leads students through basic knowledge skills to more advanced "hands-on" clinical nutrition. The book includes extensive learning aids, color illustrations, an index and glossary, Web site directions, and access to additional content updates. In addition, a CD-ROM that features food databases, personal profile screen, and dietary food records and logs is also provided.
Assessment: This is a welcome new edition of a popular basic nutrition textbook. The user-friendly format and extensive learning aids for students make this textbook a must for beginning nursing/healthcare students. The text provides careful explanations of the basic principles of scientific nutrition, and then presents their applications in "person-centered care in health and disease."