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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is an excellent compendium of the current understanding of the role of exercise in human metabolism. An impressive list of world experts in muscle metabolism contribute chapters that clinicians will find easy to understand.
Purpose: The intent is to review the current literature of muscle metabolism and how it pertains to exercise physiology and then go a step further to correlate this information to clinical topics such as obesity, the metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The book pulls together the basic science with the clinical applications very well.
Audience: The intended audience appears to be both current and future researchers in muscle metabolism, but the book will serve clinical investigators as well.
Features: The book does an excellent job of reviewing the literature of basic molecular muscle biology. A significant contribution is the elucidation of the recent research of muscle aging in a clinically oriented manner that presents a valuable explanation of how physical exercise can prevent and treat obesity. Finally, it presents valuable specific advice for counseling patients in the value of exercise to improve their quality of life.
Assessment: This is a significant addition to both a clinician's and a researcher's library. It defines the state-of-the-art of the current understanding of muscle metabolism and how it relates to some of the major metabolic diseases encountered in epidemic proportions today.