Nutritional Care and the HIV Positive Persons: A Manual for Individuals and Their Caregivers / Edition 1

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Overview

As the AIDS crisis continues, nutrition therapy has taken an important role in maximizing the body's capacity to fight HIV infection and AIDS as well as improving the quality of life when living with AIDS. Nutritional Care of HIV-Positive Persons: A Manual for Individuals and Their Caregivers presents principles, rules, and directions needed to address diet and nutrition issues for those living with HIV, with or without a diagnosis of AIDS. Written by nutritionists who have experience with AIDS, this "how-to" manual balances traditional sources of information with common experiences.

Although written for the layman, the book is unusual in its inclusion of scientific and medical information. It addresses all groups, including women, infants, and children, reflecting the spread of the disease into all segments of the population. Discussion of selected topics are spiced with "how to" specifics that provide information on how nutrition can be used to maximize the body's capacity to fight HIV infection and AIDS.

Focusing only on nutrition, Nutritional Care of HIV-Positive Persons fills the gap between "brochures" and scholarly research publications. It is an authoritative, practical guide for those living with HIV.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Beverly F. Gomez, RD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is a reference book on the nutritional care of AIDS, geared to persons with the disease and their caregivers
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a reference source for people with AIDS and their caregivers. This book is clearly organized, resembling that of a home medical guide. Thus, its content tends to be rather brief, yet specific at times. This idea is well meaning, although this may be too complex a disease process to cover thoroughly. This text somewhat meets its overall objective.
Audience: The book is targeted for a scholarly audience and appears to be geared to the educated layman. The authors' credentials are valid, although not specific to working with an AIDS population. They are able to give credible nutritional information as registered dietitians.
Features: The book includes separate chapter contents as well as several references for each. Many tables are featured within each chapter, although the relevance of these to nutritional care is sometimes minimal. The book has an unremarkable, yet neat appearance, with no unique features. As a reference tool, the chapter topics could have been more interrelated, rather than randomized.
Assessment: This book is useful as a guide to educated lay people and health care professionals. It describes general nutritional guidelines for all persons and defines dietary guidelines for optimum immune function. The text covers a wide range of topics that are somewhat condensed although accurate in content. This is a solid primary reference that introduces the important issue of the role of good nutrition and HIV. It sets the groundwork for future materials that could correlate good medical and nutritional follow-up care as a routine part of an HIV and AIDS treatment plan.
Beverly F. Gomez
This is a reference book on the nutritional care of AIDS, geared to persons with the disease and their caregivers The purpose is to serve as a reference source for people with AIDS and their caregivers. This book is clearly organized, resembling that of a home medical guide. Thus, its content tends to be rather brief, yet specific at times. This idea is well meaning, although this may be too complex a disease process to cover thoroughly. This text somewhat meets its overall objective. The book is targeted for a scholarly audience and appears to be geared to the educated layman. The authors' credentials are valid, although not specific to working with an AIDS population. They are able to give credible nutritional information as registered dietitians. The book includes separate chapter contents as well as several references for each. Many tables are featured within each chapter, although the relevance of these to nutritional care is sometimes minimal. The book has an unremarkable, yet neat appearance, with no unique features. As a reference tool, the chapter topics could have been more interrelated, rather than randomized. This book is useful as a guide to educated lay people and health care professionals. It describes general nutritional guidelines for all persons and defines dietary guidelines for optimum immune function. The text covers a wide range of topics that are somewhat condensed although accurate in content. This is a solid primary reference that introduces the important issue of the role of good nutrition and HIV. It sets the groundwork for future materials that could correlate good medical and nutritional follow-up care as a routine part of an HIV and AIDS treatment plan.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849378430
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/1995
  • Series: Modern Nutrition Series , #8
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Diet and Nutrition for Optimal Immune Function
Body Weight and Illness
Chronic Diarrhea
Oral and Esophageal Complications: Nutritional Management
Drug-Induced Nutritional Complications and Their Management
Defensive Eating
Alcohol
HIV-Infection in Women, Infants and Children
Index

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