Metabolic Bone Disease, Volume I covers the approach to a variety of disorders of mineral metabolism. The book discusses bone metabolism and calcium regulation; kidney function in calcium and phosphate metabolism; as well as the role of alkaline phosphatase in metabolic bone disorders. The text also describes the diagnostic value of bone biopsies; the etiology, clinical aspects, therapy, and the main syndromes of vitamin D deficiency, rickets, and osteomalacia; and the pathogenesis and therapy of osteoporosis. The pathogenesis and treatment of nephrolothiasis are also encompassed. Orthopedic doctors, physicians, endocrinologists, and people involved in the research of metabolic bone diseases will find the book invaluable.