Osteoporosis: Recent Advances in Pathogenesis and Treatment. University Park Press, Baltimore, $45.
This text provides optimism for an entity, osteoporosis, which was always considered a necessary and irreversible part of the aging process. Osteoporosis is a major disease, often fatal following fractures in the elderly and one which alters the quality of life for millions.
The text includes 65 research papers presented at the Steenbock Symposium at the University of WisconsinMadison. The topics cover etiology, bone structure, diet, minerals, hormonal influence, methods of measuring bone mass and use of drugs and steroids. The contributors are researchers and scientists from various fields with a common goal to increase basic knowledge of the biology of the bone.
For anyone researching the subject of osteoporosis, this text is a must. A knowledge of research methodology would be helpful to the reader.
With life-expectancy increasing, the incidence of osteoporosis is rising, making the need for our knowledge and understanding of this complex disease even more critical. There is no sure treatment for osteoporosis, therefore; this text does not offer any solutions for the practitioner. It offers hope and the realization that a great deal of research is taking place on this subject.