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Nutrition Management of Patients with Inherited Metabolic Diseases
ISBN: 978-0-7637-5777-9. Copyright: 2009.Edition: 1st.Editor:Phyllis B. Acosta, MS, DrPH, RD.. Specialties: Clinical Genetics, Nutrition. Publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. List Price: $98.95
This text is written by foremost nutritionists in the United States, each of whom has more than 15 yr of experience providing nutrition management of patients. This book, the only one of its kind, encompasses all current inherited metabolic disorders and how they are treated.
To describe inherited metabolic disorders, how they are diagnosed, and how they are treated. The book is a needed reference because these disorders are rare and there are few health care professionals who have the knowledge base to treat them.
Registered dietitians are typically the experts who work with this population, but the information in the book makes it an excellent reference for all other health care professionals.
The book is thorough in its coverage of inherited metabolic disorders. It discusses genetics and how mutations occur to create metabolic disorders. It also covers screening, outcomes, management, and new treatments. An adequate number of tables in each chapter provide quick reference points. The appendixes include nutrient tables of selected infant formulas, sources of total parenteral nutrition services, as well as sources of very low protein foods and l-amino acids.
The editor is an authority in this field. The illustrations are sufficient and of excellent quality. References are current and pertinent. Given that this is the first book on inherited metabolic disorders, it will be a welcome addition to any reference library, especially of those who work with infants in the inpatient setting.
Reviewed by:Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL)