The Osteoporosis Primer

The Osteoporosis Primer
  • Edited by Janet E. Henderson

    Edited by David Goltzman

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Online Publication Date:June 2011

    Online ISBN:9780511545795

    Paperback ISBN:9780521644464

  • Book DOI:

    Subjects: Endocrinology

Osteoporosis is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among the elderly. The rationale for The Osteoporosis Primer is to provide an introductory text that relates the clinical presentation of osteoporosis to its molecular biochemical basis. The text has been organized into four sections that deal with the molecular/cellular components of bone, the development of peak bone mass, the pathophysiology of aging bone and finally, how all of these relate to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis. The international team of authors includes many leading clinicians and scientists who have provided the reader with a concise, yet comprehensive, synopsis of bone development and skeletal homeostasis. This book will be an essential introduction for individuals working on osteoporosis, including students and doctors considering a career related to metabolic bone disease, general practitioners, geriatricians, rheumatologists, and endocrinologists.


"A comprehensive summary of bone development, skeletal homeostasis and disorders of bone metabolism...This primer is a useful and concise introduction to the manner in which osteoporosis relates clinically to its molecular biochemical basis." Doody's Review Service ®

"The chapters in each section are written by acknowledged experts, and in general the content and treatment are excellent. Each chapter therefore represents a useful component in a collection of reviews...for those with complete knowledge of the field who wish to extend their breadth of interest. To this end, it is a very useful contribution to the literature." New England Journal of Medicine

" is a very thorough text with outstanding references for each chapter. The chapters are written by scientists and clinicians who are well known in their fields...a thorough basic-science review, not only of osteoporosis but of metabolic bone disease in general. It is extremely up-to-date, with numerous references, and it will help to enhance the reader's knowledge in the very fast-moving field of osteoporosis." The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

"a good treattise on osteoporosis. It is also very well referenced for those who desire further information...should be well worth the purchase" Forum Jan/Feb 2002

"...a useful, easily readable text, on a topic of increasing interest." Journal of Endocrine Genetics

"..the book succeeds as an introductory text on metabolic bone disease and provides insight into the complexity of the subject without becoming overwhelming." Gerontology