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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ada A. Cole, PhD (Rush Medical College of Rush University)
Description: This is the first of the Nutrition and Health series intended to highlight the status of science in a particular field. The task given to the editor for this series was to recruit authors for individual chapters who were capable of assembling and interpreting the area for those health professionals for whom the book was intended. In this book, the task has been admirably accomplished with internationally respected authors covering 25 individual chapters, including historical perspective, basic science, and clinical science.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate students as well as professionals on the broad spectrum of activities of vitamin D and its importance to human health. In addition, this is a reference source for the use of vitamin D in the continuing maintenance of a healthy body as we continue to age.
Audience: This book is intended for anyone in the field of healthcare, students as well as teachers, who are interested in the metabolism of vitamin D and its effect on normal homeostasis.
Features: This book covers photobiology, vitamin D metabolites and receptors, as well as regulation of the vitamin. It is well organized with an extensive, current bibliography and excellent diagrams, some of which are in color.
Assessment: This book will be a useful reference for anyone in the healthcare field. The chapters are focused on individual topics to provide the broadest information. This book would be a valuable addition to many libraries, both individual as well as academic.