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February 28, 1977

The Obese Patient

Author Affiliations

Illinois Masonic Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1977;237(9):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270360065027

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This scholarly volume, divided into ten chapters, attempts to outline all the pertinent data associated with modern concepts of obesity. As Dr Lloyd H. Smith, Jr, points out in the foreword, obesity "has been called the main public health problem in the United States." Numerous volumes on the subject have been published in the past, and the author himself asks in the preface, "Why, then, another book?" He answers that there is no coherent scientific review of this subject generally available at this time. Whether or not this statement is completely accurate, The Obese Patient certainly is relevant, coherent, and surprisingly complete in only 450 pages.

The book places more emphasis on basic science than on clinical applications. It should have specific appeal to persons at several levels, including advanced students of both medicine and the various basic sciences, subspecialists such as endocrinologists, and, to a lesser extent, any practicing