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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Zhaoming Xu, BSc, MSc, PhD (University of British Columbia)
Description: In this book the focus is on the clinical importance of nine trace elements (chromium, copper, fluoride, iron, iodine, molybdenum, manganese, selenium, and zinc) with some discussion on three major elements (calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus) and some other trace elements where relevant.
Purpose: This purpose is to provide up-to-date information in the area of trace element nutrition, and to serve as a text and reference for those in the field of nutrition.
Audience: The targeted audience is healthcare professionals, including physicians, registered dietitians, nurses, nutrition researchers, and college and university faculty, as well as health science students.
Features: Discussion of the nine trace elements is organized in three parts. In the first part the basic concepts, consumption, deficiency, and toxicity of trace elements are presented. In the second part trace mineral nutrition in healthy people is covered, followed by coverage of the trace element nutrition in diseases. This is a unique approach to outline the role of trace element in health and disease conditions. In the body, trace elements do not work alone, but in concert with other nutrients. Contributors discuss trace element nutrition within the content of a specific condition or group of diseases rather than taking the classical approach, which is a discussion of trace element nutrition along the line of individual trace element.
Assessment: The editors provide a comprehensive overview of trace element nutrition in health and disease, and this renders this book a good reference for healthcare professionals. Still, they fall short on the biochemical and physiological functions of the trace elements discussed. The new and unique approach taken by the editors is useful in helping readers to put trace mineral nutrition in perspective rather than in isolation.