Eating disorders present diagnostic and treatment challenges to
clinicians. While such disorders need both medical and
psychological treatment, patients may be too medically ill for a
thorough psychiatric evaluation and may be misunderstood by many
primary care physicians. In this revised and updated edition of
"Eating Disorders," Philip S. Mehler and Arnold E. Andersen provide
a user-friendly and comprehensive guide for primary care
physicians, mental health professionals, and others who encounter
individuals with the problem.
Mehler and Andersen identify common medical complications that
people who have eating disorders face and answer questions about
how to treat them. They also cover such serious complications as
osteoporosis, cardiac arrhythmia, electrolyte abnormalities, immune
compromise, and gastrointestinal sequelae. Incorporating case
studies, medical background on the complications, suggestions for
diagnosis and treatment, and a list of selected references,
chapters cover important topics including team treatment and
nutritional rehabilitation. The authors also address special areas
of concern, such as athletes who have eating disorders and the
pharmacologic treatment of obesity.
Mehler and Andersen encourage close medical follow-up for
patients who have eating disorders. This book will help primary
care and mental health professionals to understand and to more
effectively address the complex concerns of patients with eating
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