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Fast Facts: Osteoporosis, 6th edn

By Juliet E Compston and
Clifford J Rosen

Published 2009

100 pages, 36 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-905832-51-4




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Osteoporosis is a silent disease until a fracture is sustained, and successful management relies on the clinician's keen awareness of risk factors and screening technology, thorough assessment of disease probability, and knowledge of the most appropriate therapeutic interventions.

This sixth edition of Fast Facts: Osteoporosis covers all of the most recent developments in the therapeutic and diagnostic arena, while maintaining the background sections that clarify the pathophysiology of osteoporosis and the homeostatic determinants of peak bone acquisition and maintenance. This succinct yet comprehensive handbook highlights:

  • The significant improvements in diagnostic capability achieved through advances in imaging techniques including MRI and quantitative computed tomography
  • Improvements in risk assessment through the use of a new online algorithm, FRAX®
  • The most recent results of clinical trials for new and long-term therapies

This new edition of Fast Facts: Osteoporosis provides the family physician and other members of the healthcare team with the latest information for the successful management of this challenging condition.

Epidemiology; Pathophysiology; Clinical manifestations; Diagnostic techniques; Risk assessment; Management: general considerations; Antiresorptive therapy; Strontium ranelate and parathyroid hormone peptides; Other forms of osteoporosis; Future trends

'... contains essential facts about the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical features of osteoporosis. There is enough information on diagnosis and management, including an account of "bone densitometry" investigation. The chapters on hormone replacement therapy and non-hormonal therapy should help not only practising doctors but also other health professionals.' The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health Press, 2002, on the third edition

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The authors

Juliet E Compston

FRCP FRCPath FMedSci Professor of Bone Medicine University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and Consultant Physician, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, UK

Clifford J Rosen

MD Senior Scientist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Scarborough Maine, USA


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