About this book
- The practical guide for all physicians in its second edition
- New information and latest findings with clinical relevance
- Many new illustrations support the hands-on approach
Osteoporosis is a global threat because it can impact every human being as they age. In this new edition, the authors point out the enormous scale of the problem in terms of human suffering, morbidity and mortality on the one hand, and the astronomical national costs on the other. Written in an easy-to-read style, this book updates physicians on the current knowledge about bone structure, physiology and pathology, with an emphasis on the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of osteoporosis. Its purpose is to educate members of the medical profession about this widespread and potentially disabling disease, while providing information on related current evidence-based medicine. The book covers everything from basic physiology to osteoporosis diagnosis, including utility of specialized tests and current treatment recommendations, and will provide the primary care physician with sound medical knowledge in the prevention and management of osteoporosis. It is up-beat and optimistic, with a touch of humor; it is scientifically based but provides easy-to-follow guidelines for lifelong maintenance of skeletal structure and function. Osteoporosis is preventable if doctors want it to be, and every doctor can contribute. Bone is every doctor's and every body's business.
Written for: Physicians in all disciplines that deal with
- Bone Density
Table of contents
Osteoporosis - An Epidemic of Overwhelming Proportions.- Bone - A Fascinating Organ.- Definition of Osteoporosis- Subgroups of Osteoporosis: From Different Points of View.- Recognition of Risk Factors.- Clinical Investigations in Osteoporosis.- Bone Mineral Density (BMD): The Crucial Diagnostic Parameter.- Laboratory Investigations in Osteoporosis: Are They Needed?- Preventive Care for Lifelong Healthy Bones.- How to Treat Osteoporosis.- First and Foremost: Management of Pain.- Calcium and Vitamin D: The Skeleton's Best Friends.- Hormones for Replacement: A Matter of Re-Evaluation.- Bisphosphonates: The Success Story in Osteoporosis.- Raloxifene: A Potent Selective Oestrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM).- Parathormone: A Promising Osteoanabolic Agent.- Additional Medications.- Osteoporotic Fractures Can Be Treated Successfully But Should Now Be Avoided.- Osteoporosis: Men Are Also Victims, But With a Time Lag.- Osteoporosis: Even More Harmful in Children.- Osteoporosis: A Danger Lurking in All Medical Disciplines.- Osteoporosis: Many Drugs Are Bone Robbers.- Osteoporosis: Unusual Local Manifestations.