This nutrition handbook uses a nursing process format to facilitate the integration of nutrition into nursing care and care plans. It presents coverage of basic nutrition concepts, nutrition throughout the life cycle, normal and therapeutic clinical application, and controversial issues in nutrition. A special feature entitled "Food for Thought" emphasizes current nutrition topics and provides updates for the most essential information, whilst "drug alerts" sections discuss food and drug interactions and list appropriate interventions. Special diets and sample menus are displayed to show at a glance modified diets for particular problems. Focus throughout is placed on client teaching, offering sensitive guidance for clients' needs. Numerous tables help to clarify difficult material in this area and individual appendices act as a single source for nutrition information. New to this edition are: chapters on digestion, absorption, metabolism, weight management, cancer and AIDS; helpful pedagogy, including chapter outlines, key terms, key concepts and exercises focusing on critical thinking; new ADA exchange lists; new dietary guidelines for Americans; an instructor's manual; and a testbank.