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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heather Y. Lovelace, MSC, BHec (University of British Columbia)
Description: This is an overview of major disease conditions and the current literature on nutritients that contribute to the disease pathophysiologies.
Purpose: The intention is to provide various health providers with a synthesis of research literature pertaining to disease prevention in a public health context. Given the amount and complexity of nutrition research, this book provides a valuable contribution to providers requiring comprehensive yet accessible information. The author's objective to provide strategies for prevention are well met.
Audience: The book is written for health providers at all levels, from student to practitioner, from nutrition and nursing to medicine. The editors and contributors include leading authorities on various topics.
Features: Nutritional contributors (both positive and negative) to major disease conditions facing the North American public are covered in this book. Chapters are of appropriate length, with concise but balanced information provided in a reader-friendly, subtitled format. Summaries at the end of each chapter provide quick reference for topics such as hypertension and cancer risk. Unique features include timely discussions of nutrition information on the Internet and advertising effects on public health. Not all chapters are as comprehensive as may be necessary in light of rapid advances in research.
Assessment: This book provides useful, quality information for the specific purpose of understanding the contribution of nutritional health to disease. It is a good reference for those not interested in wading through large references to find the most pertinent information.