In this user-friendly volume nutritional concepts are melded with nursing knowledge in a clear, comprehensive manner. Pedagogically sound guidance is provided for learners as they progress through issues of personal and professional health promotion in the lifespan into nutrition in illness. A previous edition was published in 1996. The purpose is to "tailor nutrition/medical nutrition to a nursing perspective" by merging nursing knowledge with nutritional concepts. The editors' purpose and objectives are well conceived and thoroughly addressed. The primary audience is nursing students, but the book is also appropriate as a reference for registered and advanced practice nurses in a variety of settings. There is some overlap in content but it is logical, planned repetition and is pedagogically appropriate. The editors and contributors are credible and well informed about nutrition in general but their presentation of gerontological nutrition/physiological changes of aging and issues of aging could be improved by the addition of a gerontologist to the team. Nutrients, their relationship to health with age variations, wellness issues, and nutrition care in illness are all addressed. This is truly a teaching text with an inviting layout, case studies, and multidimensional critical thinking exercises. The age-related icons, wide margins for notes and definitions, and web sites are all vehicles to be used by readers to interact with the text. Deficits in gerontological care include omission of a food pyramid guide for elders, dentition in the table of aging changes (old data in table), assessment of mucous membranes in dehydration, and inappropriate use of terms such as "senility." Thewriting is logical, engaging, lively, and audience appropriate. Cultural/ethnic requirements, explanations of deficiency/toxicity states, and a very strong section on nutritional assessment are important additions to the text. An update is necessary because of recent changes in nutritional guidelines.