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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geoffrey E. Moore, MD, FACSM (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Description: This is a complete, concise discussion of the current knowledge regarding biological rhythm effects on human performance. The rhythms discussed include diurnal/circadian, seasons, travel, menstrual, shift work, and more, How to cope with these life cycles is discussed as well.
Purpose: This book is designed as a comprehensive introductory text and fills a need for an informed discussion of biorhythms, particularly because of current fads commonly promoted by less objective authorities. It could also serve as a nice supplemental textbook for undergraduate physiology courses.
Audience: The authors intend for this book to be used by graduate students, athletes, sports professionals (coaches, etc.) and exercise scientists. They have succeeded in this regard, since the book is quite readable and informative. The professional jargon will be familiar to the intended audience, and jargon unique to chronobiology scientists is adequately defined. Persons not interested in sports but in biorhythms may also be interested. The authors are credible authorities in the field of chronobiology. It is worth noting that "biorhythms" in this text does not refer to the three-cycle system popularized by some magazines and books. The authors appropriately clarify that there is no objective evidence supporting this theory.
Features: The illustrations are generally appropriate but not profuse. Some of the illustrations are general biology background review. The references are recent and pertinent, within reason of publication timetables. The book has a very pleasant overall appearance, although there are no unique features. The cover photo nicely creates an impression of a rowing rhythm.
Assessment: This book admirably serves its purpose.