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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Heather Huang, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive book covers everything that is currently known about Vitamin D. It discusses topics ranging from the molecular biology of vitamin D and its role in human physiology to its role in health and disease.
Purpose: The purpose was to develop a standard book on vitamin D that also educates people about the prevalence and significance of vitamin D deficiency.
Audience: This book is so comprehensive that an extremely wide audience would find it useful: graduate students, medical students, healthcare professionals, nutritionists, and the lay public.
Features: The first 11 chapters cover the basics of vitamin D biology (photobiology, molecular biology, metabolism, biologic affects on various organ systems, and genetic effects). The second section focuses on the nonskeletal functions of vitamin D, while the third comprehensively reviews vitamin D, its role in diseases, and its epidemiology in countries across the globe. Health consequences of a vitamin D deficiency are the focus of the fourth section, while the fifth examines the interactions between sunlight, vitamin D, and cancer. The final two sections look at the clinical importance of vitamin D in its natural and synthetic form in multiple diseases: type 1 and 2 diabetes, cardiovascular health, lung diseases, chronic immune-related diseases, and cancer.
Assessment: The current scientific literature about vitamin D is eloquently summarized in this book. Topics range from molecular biology, clinical physiology and pathophysiology, to epidemiology, treatment, and disease prevention. The book reads consistently and easily from cover to cover, making it accessible to both scientists and nonscientists. The comprehensive care and attention to detail that went into each chapter clearly conveys the passion that the editor has for this subject.