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From The CriticsReviewer: Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This compilation of up-to-date research and science-based nutrition principles updates the 2008 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the current knowledge in clinical nutrition as well as an overview of the rationale and scientific basis of its application to practice in the prevention and treatment of disease. It is a daunting task, but the book meets it objectives.
Audience: The level at which the book is written presumes readers already have a good knowledge of nutrition, making it appropriate for those in undergraduate programs in nutrition and dietetics or for graduate courses in nutrition. It would also be ideal as a reference for dietitians working in all areas of nutrition, as well as for other healthcare professionals.
Features: The book is divided into two sections: research methodology and nutrition for health maintenance, prevention, and disease-specific treatment, and it covers a lot of ground. Chapters on nutrition assessment methodology and on application of research paradigms to nutrition practice are just two of the 12 in the research section. The second section includes some new chapters, with an entire section on bioactive compounds for health, which delves into antioxidants and phytochemicals, focusing on their role in cognition, eye disease, and obesity. Additional chapters in the obesity section focus on the management of patients who have undergone surgical treatment. Since this has become more common in all areas of care, this chapter is a must-read for all healthcare professionals. The book covers all disease states and nutrition management and prevention, providing some practical information about cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well gastrointestinal disease and bone disease. The one topic that is not covered is renal disease. The many tables, figures, and photos help readers with understanding.
Assessment: As a registered dietitian, I found a lot of practical information that helped me with some disease states that I do not focus on in my daily practice. While this book would be best used by dietitians, it can be a good resource for all healthcare professionals working with patients. In the past five years, new research has emerged regarding nutrition and its role in disease management as well as prevention, so this update is needed.