This 231-page, pocket-sized book was designed to be a clinician's manual for the diagnosis and management of nutritional problems. All of the contributors are associated with the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and practice various disciplines, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dietetics. The editors intended to write a manual providing background information to all members of the health care team who are concerned with nutritional management of patients. This, I believe they have succeeded in doing.
The book is divided into five sections that include assessment of nutritional status, nutritional support in patient management, nutrition in special clinical situations, nutrition in growth and pregnancy, and drug-nutrient interactions. The first is a compendium of tables of all aspects important in nutritional assessment, including history, physical and laboratory signs of malnutrition, and the various anthropometric measures in all age groups. This section is well written and