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From The CriticsReviewer: Pennae Fuchs, RN, MSN (University of Southern Indiana)
Description: This book offers basic normal nutrition and diet therapy for the life span in wellness and in a variety of developmental, health, and disease-related situations. The use of charts and the extensive appendix enhances the narrative. This ninth edition revises and updates the 1992 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to furnish theoretical knowledge and clinical information in a form that will be useful to students in nursing, dietetics, and other allied health professions, many of whom are receiving education and training in an interdisciplinary clinical setting.
Audience: The book is intended primarily for dietitian students, secondary nursing students (for basic normal nutrition and diet therapy to supplement a medical-surgical nursing texts), and as an auxiliary text for physicians, dentists, child development, and physical education specialists.
Features: Numerous illustrations augment the narrative. The references lack a variety of nursing texts, but the book has current information from a good variety of other sources. There is a glossary at the beginning of each chapter. Case studies and clinical comments encourage student review and group discussion.
Assessment: This book provides nursing students with a good basic study of normal nutrition as well as a start in diet therapy. The life span is covered in well and ill situations as well as health maintenance recommendations. Use of illustrations provides a quick reference check that can be used in teaching clients and as a easier review. This book in companion with a nursing care text provides the student and practitioner a reference set useful in planning acute, discharge, and long-term agency or home care.