Description: This is a useful dictionary of nutrition-related terms used by the multiple disciplines of medicine, biochemistry, economics, sociology, and allied health. The definitions are accurate and written in easily understood prose.
Purpose: Its purpose is to define, clarify, connect, and integrate the terminology and language used by basic scientists and the practitioners of varied backgrounds in the expanding field of nutrition.
Audience: The definitions will be useful to anyone interested in nutrition, but the dictionary seems to be most useful for students and generalists of any health-related discipline rather than for those who are specialists in the fields of nutrition.
Features: Definitions are enhanced with tables, diagrams, metabolic maps, and cross-references that further expand one's perspective. The appendix contains 12 sections with useful and appropriate food tables with mineral and vitamin contents, nomograms, conversion tables, blood constituents, height and weight tables, and a comparison of fats. Foods are defined in the text as well as in tables.
Assessment: The authors have undertaken an arduous task and largely succeeded in integrating the language of those specializing in or interested in nutrition, although many terms used by practitioners involved in clinical nutrition and nutrition support are omitted. The inclusion of drugs in this dictionary should be only those that affect nutrition status or interact with nutrients. The definitions fall short in relating this information, and it is unclear why drugs that have no apparent relevance to nutrition are defined. There is a tendency to over-define in some instances, as well as to define in dissimilar and inconsistent ways, for example, the definition of foods. The reference is a useful adjunct to anyone's collection who is interested in health care. Students and generalists (in pharmacy, nursing, dietetics, and medicine) will find it very helpful as a learning tool.