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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David A. Ehrmann, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This volume in the Contemporary Endocrinology Series is a multiauthored text designed to summarize the current understanding of the importance of insulin resistance, particularly as it relates to non-diabetic states.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with information about the importance of insulin resistance in non-diabetic states.
Audience: It is appropriate for any clinician or investigator who encounters adult patients. The spectrum of metabolic disturbances associated with insulin resistance is broad, making this book appealing to generalists as well as subspecialists.
Features: This book is structured in three parts. Part one covers genetic and environmental factors affecting insulin action; part two covers the pathophysiology of insulin resistance; and part three deals with clinical syndromes associated with insulin resistance. This book is particularly useful in that it bridges the gaps in what is known about the fundamental elements of insulin action and the clinical sequelae. For example, the complexities of the relationship between obesity and insulin resistance are clearly handled.
Assessment: This is an excellent and welcome addition to the field: concise, clearly written, and current.