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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert Kushner, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book presents the proceedings of a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on obesity treatment held in June 1993. The 37 international contributors to the book are leading experts in their respective fields.
Purpose: The purpose of the three-day international meeting was to evaluate the current knowledge base and conceptional paradigms of obesity treatment and to suggest directions for future research and clinical practice. Each of the 33 topics is critically addressed, researched, and presented in a concise chapter overview.
Audience: The book is useful for any individual interested in the field of obesity, including clinicians, researchers, and graduate students in nutrition.
Features: Because the book is a written proceedings of a conference, little attention was paid to the quality or quantity of illustrations. Hence, the, majority of the 4- to 10-page chapters are text only. The table of contents and index are adequate and useful. Chapter references are extensive and up-to-date.
Assessment: The well-renowned contributors provide an excellent and thoughtful discussion on a variety of challenging and unresolved issues in obesity treatment. Each topic is well summarized and referenced. Individuals interested in the field of obesity will find the book a useful addition to their libraries.