Reviewer: Peter M. Daher, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This book represents a compilation of the numerous nutrition-depletion side effects of commonly utilized medications. This information is presented in a readily accessible format. A large amount of difficult to obtain information is placed at the fingertips of the reader.
Purpose: In addition to presenting nutritional information to the practitioner, the editors seek to raise the level of awareness as to the frequency with which drugs may cause nutritional deficiencies, and in some cases, actually worsen the ailments that the drugs were intended to treat. This is an often overlooked aspect of patient management, which goes hand-in-hand with the less than optimal understanding of nutrition possessed by most primary care physicians. Throughout the course of this complex text, these objectives are clearly met.
Audience: The book is targeted toward busy practitioners who are compelled to see patients at a rapid pace. In addition, it will be extremely useful to students and residents who are at formative phases in their careers during which they must develop a more complete understanding of nutritional needs than many of their predecessors.
Features: The important signs and symptoms associated with various nutritional and dietary deficiencies are compiled in this volume. The common sources of the nutrients are identified and treatment options are discussed. Methods for following up replacement strategies are discussed, with appropriate end points identified. Each section of the book is darkened on edges of the exterior, helping the reader find information quickly. However, some of the text is small print and may be difficult to follow.
Assessment: This is a unique reference manual which will be beneficial in evaluating patients for overlooked deleterious nutritional effects of common medications. Very few books offer this information in a single volume. The only comparable text, the PDR, does not cover this information in this degree of detail.