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Academic Book Chapters

Academic books are specialised publications that tend to deal with focussed parts of a particular scientific area. In my experience, they tend be structured as collections of review papers rather than textbooks and represent a grand snapshot of the scientific record at the time of publication. The don't tend to be high circulation but do get read by peers and so have some value as an author. Publishing a book is also pretty good for the CV and stamps your name as a thought leader in your particular topic. They are often published to coincide with events such as conferences. I have previously been invited to write two chapters in such books.  

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Academic Book Chapters

Anticarcinogenic properties of Soy Isoflavones

This review took a look at how isoflavones (which are a particular type of polyphenol found mainly in soya) might play a role in the development of certain types of hormonally related cancers.  It appeared as a chapter in 'Nutrigenomics' published in 2005.

Here is the first part of the introduction:

The incidence and mortality rates of several hormonally related tumours, including breast, prostate and colon cancer, have until recently been considered low in Asian countries like China, Japan and Indonesia when compared to western countries.  Additionally, cancer rates appear to differ between westernised countries.  For example, Italy and Finland have substantially lower rates than other western countries.  A number of studies have concluded that lifestyle and dietary factors may be important in explaining these differences in incidence rate.  Asian diets, which are mainly vegetarian or semi-vegetarian, differ markedly from western diets which are rich in animal proteins and fats.  This may affect cancer incidence in a number of ways including alteration of the metabolism and actions of a number of phytochemicals some of which may have steroidal effects.  Of crucial importance though is the role of the gut and more specifically the microflora in the gut and its impact in mediating certain effects of diet on disease patterns in western countries. 


The isoflavones, daidzein and genistein, which are a type of phytoestrogen can be included in the group of phytochemicals.  These compounds are found in abundance in the plasma and urine of people living in areas of low cancer incidence...

To access the full text you will need to order the book (for now).  It is available via here on Google Books and via Amazon

Here is the full reference with all the authors listed:

Bingham M, Gibson G.  Anticarcinogenic properties of Soy Isoflavones.  In: Rimabch G, Fuchs J and Packer L (eds). Nutrigenomics. Boca Rotan: Taylor and Francis 2005, p327 - 340.

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