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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Melissa K. Cavaghan, MD (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Description: This book comprehensively explores the topic of osteoporosis from basic biology underlying normal and disease states to clinical evaluation and therapeutics.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the first thorough discussion of osteoporosis with enough depth and breadth to make it useful for both the basic investigator and the clinician. They successfully synthesize a foundation of biology, mechanics, epidemiology, and biochemistry to describe a complex condition and then expand upon this to describe varied disease states and clinical approaches to management.
Audience: It is aimed at both the researcher and the practitioner who deal with osteoporosis. It is probably must useful to the endocrinologist, but it is also of pertinent interest to orthopedists, rheumatologists, and general practitioners, especially of the elderly.
Features: The text is liberally illustrated, with a good balance of histologic reproductions (some in color) and diagrammatic illustration of biologic principles. It is fully and currently referenced. The authors' method of organization makes it extremely easy to find information very quickly. It is also extensively cross referenced, so all pertinent information is easily available.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive reference text of osteoporosis. If read cover to cover, the reader would be educated first on basic skeletal biology, including embryology, mechanics, and biochemistry, then on epidemiology and pathophysiology, and finally to the clinical disease states of osteoporosis, with emphasis on the varied other medical conditions that complicate or contribute to the development of osteoporosis. The basic and clinical sections are kept distinctly separate, but each discussion is comprehensive and stands alone. The authors give a thorough but concise historical review of the research leading up to current understanding in the field and provide direction for future research. It is so clearly written and organized that it can be used quickly and efficiently as a reference text but is also accessible to students and others with a minimal background in endocrinology.