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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dale A. Schoeller, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This volume in the Medicine and Sport Science series focuses on factors that optimize bone mineral mass during growth and development. The nine chapters, written by experts, summarize epidemiologic, clinical, and interventional studies of factors involved in bone mineral mass accretion and its influence on the development of osteoporosis.
Purpose: This is a concise and up-to-date summary of current knowledge of the effects of diet, exercise, and genetics on the accretion of bone mineral mass during the first two decades of life. This period is critical in the optimization of an individual's bone mass and thus, the prevention or delay in the incidence of osteoporosis later in life.
Audience: The book is designed for use by health professionals and investigators in the fields of exercise science, nutrition, and public health. It is written at a level that is most useful for graduate students, but it is also of value for those already actively engaged in research.
Features: Each of the nine chapters is designed to stand alone, but they are ordered in a logical and useful manner to allow readers from diverse fields to review those areas of knowledge outside of their expertise. The topics of bone anatomy and physiology and the influence of endocrine function on bone accretion set the stage for chapters on the influence of exercise and nutrition on bone mineralization and their effects on bone mineral content and fractures later in life. The book includes a small number of black-and-white illustrations and summary tables and an extensive and current set of references at the end of each chapter. The index is modest, but well designed.
Assessment: This is intended as a concise summary, not a comprehensive treatment of the field. The extensive references in each chapter provide readers with options for further detailed reading. The book meets its goal of providing strong background for graduate students from a wide range of the life and social sciences.