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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.