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From The CriticsReviewer: Frank K. Thorp, MD, PhD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This new book provides elegant coverage of basic nutrition, nutrition physiology, and biochemistry of food stuffs, with useful reference figures, tables, and reading sources at the end of each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is "to provide, in a single volume, as much as possible of the information about nutrition that is required by anyone working in the broad fields of diet and health, food and nutrition." These objectives are met in terms of basic nutrition principles and basic nutrition biochemistry, but the field is too vast to hope that a single book could encompass all the major reference information needed by a nutrition subspecialist.
Audience: The book is directed toward "nutritionists and dietitians" and would best serve as a text for training nutrition specialists in basic nutrition and as a selected reference source for practicing nutrition professionals.
Features: The book is clearly and succinctly written and formatted, with figures of chemical structures or biochemical pathways and tables, many of which provide summaries of data from nutrition reviews or surveys. The latter are of excellent quality, uniquely helpful to the reader and not generally available in any other single source. There are unexpected chapters on historical development of nutrition concepts and alcohol and alcoholic beverages. References are appropriate, well chosen, and current up to 1995. There is little attempt to provide comprehensive information in some areas useful for the practitioner: pathophysiology of disease, regulation of metabolic/nutrition processes, behavioral aspects of nutrition, or rationale for nutrition modulation of disease states.
Assessment: This handbook amasses an amazing amount of information concerning basic nutrition and nutrition biochemistry in a clearly organized, accurate, succinct, and well-referenced work. It would serve as an excellent reference for nutrition or medical specialists wishing to review basic nutrition principles, nutrient structure, or pathways of utilization. Summary material at the end of each chapter is especially useful and not readily available elsewhere. There is scant information available on biochemistry of disease, nutrition throughout the life cycle, or regulation of metabolism, but the material on basic nutrition is comprehensively and superbly reviewed.