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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Estella M. Alonso, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of nutritional issues pertinent to females during pregnancy and lactation. It provides instructional information on the physiology of pregnancy and lactation, with special emphasis on nutritional management and guidance. It outlines skills for nutritionists and other health care workers providing prenatal and postnatal care.
Purpose: The purpose is to be an instructional textbook for health care workers caring for pregnant and postpartum patients. It is also to serve as a resource for students enrolled in courses on maternal and infant nutrition.
Audience: The book is aimed at a broad range of individuals, including physicians, nurses, dietitians, and college students. It is targeted at individuals with a special interest in maternal care, such as obstetricians, nurse midwives, and dietitians working on an obstetrical service.
Features: This book contains multiple illustrations and boxed tables of excellent quality. These are particularly helpful in providing quick reference while scanning the book. The references were current and appropriate. The index and table of contents are accurate. The overall appearance of the book is appealing. Special features include learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter and a useful glossary of medical terms.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that will be useful to those in several disciplines. It contains new and important information that justifies replacing the previous edition. The contents are excellent, and purchasers of this book are likely to find it an invaluable resource.