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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ruben D Bunag, MD, MA Pharmacology(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the various causes contributing to the worldwide prevalence of obesity. Written by authors with long-standing interests in obesity-related research, relevant information is presented under six headings: pathophysiology of obesity, general therapeutic aspects, benefits of weight loss, drugs on the market, drugs in research and development, and treatment alternatives. Information in each section is amply supported by the latest research references.
Purpose: The book is written primarily for physicians and healthcare professionals who treat obese patients. Because of the increasing prevalence of obesity, this book will be a useful resource for all interested investigators. It clearly accomplishes the authors' objectives.
Audience: The book is written for physicians, healthcare professionals, pharmacists, research scientists in academia or industry, and other students of life sciences related to obesity. It should provide a comprehensive and useful source of the latest developments in obesity research. The authors are well established and recognized authorities on obesity.
Features: The book begins with a logical presentation of the pathophysiology of obesity that includes discussions of energy homeostasis, appetite control, genetics, and antipsychotic drugs. This is followed by consideration of general therapeutics on obesity-associated complications, psychosocial aspects, and basic guidelines for treatment. Next is a general discussion of weight loss relating to cardiovascular risk factors, associated diseases, and metabolic diseases. The last three sections discuss the currently available drugs, drugs under development, and treatment alternatives.
Assessment: This book provides a more comprehensive and up-to-date review than others that have been published previously on obesity.