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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Reed Graves, PhD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a useful new book that surveys the recent knowledge of the role that genetics plays in human obesity and the metabolic disturbances that accompany or cause the obesity.
Purpose: The purpose is twofold. First, the author brings together in one volume the recent investigations from several researchers in defining the role that genetics plays in the etiology of human obesity. Second, the author wishes to highlight the future directions of research that are the most promising. This book is especially needed now because researchers are beginning to apply the molecular biological tools that have impacted on other areas of medical research, such as colon cancer, to obesity research. Much of the focus of the book is on epidemiological studies, with only a few chapters dealing with molecular approaches.
Audience: Although targeted for researchers interested in human obesity, the book also will be useful to molecular biologists and scientists studying animal models of obesity. The contributors are all outstanding choices and leading experts in their fields.
Features: This book is well illustrated and has many useful diagrams to explain the sometimes complex interactions that play a role in the development of obesity.
Assessment: This is a very timely book that scientists, physicians, and students interested in obesity will find valuable. The important fields of study relating to obesity are concisely brought together in one volume. The references are extensive, and some of the original research in the obesity field is referenced so that students can follow the history of the field. In addition, the closing chapter by the author provides an exciting description of the future developments that can be anticipated in obesity research.