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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher Lee Allen, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: In this thorough overview of lipid disorders and management, the authors present evidence-based guidelines for the practical management of patients with lipid disorders.
Purpose: The authors sought to provide a concise, user-friendly overview of the lipid management process, including areas of uncertainty and evolution. The authors do an outstanding job in meeting their objective.
Audience: The book is written for primary care clinicians, which the authors suggest include physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants, as well as clinicians in training, pharmacists, and dietitians. Given the complexity of this topic, and the detail the book provides, this may be an ambitious audience.
Features: The authors have provided an excellent resource for lipid management. They are able to provide sufficient epidemiological background and information on basic science, clinical management, and emerging strategies. The figures denoted as plates 1-9 are high quality and very useful. I would like to see a more concise summary of clinical recommendations.
Assessment: This is an essential book for physicians (both primary care and subspecialist) who manage patients with lipid disorders. There is no comparable book that provides the depth of information this one does while remaining practical in approach. As new therapies evolve, and additional clinical trials are published, an updated edition will be required. However, this version provides an excellent foundation for the understanding and management of lipid disorders.