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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Meltem Zeytinoglu, MD, MBA (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This thorough overview of the clinical management of obesity covers both medical and surgical therapies. The second edition of volume 1, on epidemiology, etiology, and physiopathology, was published in 2004, while the third edition of volume 2, on clinical applications, was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose is to translate the basic science into therapeutic management of obese patients — very worthy objectives, given the obesity epidemic.
Audience: The intended audience includes all healthcare providers who care for patients who are overweight or obese.
Features: The book covers prevention of obesity, initial evaluation of the overweight/obese patient (including methods for doing so), medical and surgical options, including lifestyle modifications, and finally the health services/healthcare systems implications of obesity. It is a thorough, up-to-date, and detailed book.
Assessment: Since the previous editions of these volumes, new medical therapies and evidence about overall management including surgical techniques have emerged, definitely justifying this update. As an obesity specialist, I plan on giving this a thorough reading and recommending it to colleagues.