Reviewed by Jim Young
Editors: George A. Bray, Claude Bouchard
Published by CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Group
Price (Book & eBook): £220
This two-volume set of books is the most comprehensive encyclopaedia of obesity that I have read – the cost being easily offset by the fact that it will probably be the only book you will need on the subject. Name any aspect of obesity and this book has it covered! Reading it from beginning to end is a pleasurable education, whilst digital access via VitalBook (eBook) on your VitalSource Bookshelf (included in the price) will enable immediate offline access in the clinic or seminar.
The VitalSource Bookshelf also enables notes to be made and shared, text highlighted, and, very usefully, you can search across all the books that have been downloaded to your personal VitalSource Bookshelf. Whatever your speciality or interest in obesity this book will enlighten and inform. Volume one has 60 chapters in 5 sections and volume two has 36 chapters in 5 sections. The chapters offer easy assimilation being of a comfortable length of about 10 to 12 pages, and where the subject of the chapters overlap the resulting clarity is unbeatable. Synergistically the chapters enrich perspective on the subject of obesity.
The book is data rich and an uncompromisingly pedagogy. The material roams from urban infrastructure to cellular infrastructure; from social interaction to cellular signalling; from pharmacology to surgery; urban walkways to the endoplasmic reticulum; from the slow evolutionary waltz of adiposity and immunology to the immediate post operative effects of bariatric surgery. The panorama is truly awesome! Throughout the volumes “adipose tissue” is the loadstone for the dissertations, and the multifaceted signalling processes the paradigm that illuminates the pathophysiology and drives the lucid expositions in this handsome textbook.
The book is the product of a huge international college of contributors whose presentations are ably and intuitively orchestrated by the editors. As a comprehensive treatise on all aspects of obesity I cannot recommend it enough.