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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: The seventh edition of this multiauthored textbook of geriatric medicine and gerontology updates the 2003 edition.
Purpose: It provides a comprehensive look at aging, the diseases of old age, and the treatment of older persons, with the belief that each of these points of view informs and influences the others. The authors and editors have done a wonderful job in accomplishing these are extremely worthy objectives.
Audience: The audience includes both gerontologists and geriatricians, as well as primary care physicians and specialist physicians. Trainees in all these areas will also benefit greatly from this book.
Features: The first of the book's four sections covers gerontology: biological (the nature of aging), medical (physiological changes with aging), neurogerontology (cognitive changes with aging), and social. The second section covers geriatric medicine, starting with the fundamental approaches and then by organ system. The third section is problem-based geriatric medicine, including geriatric syndromes. The final section is health systems and geriatric medicine, which ends with a chapter on telemedicine. In all, there are 128 chapters over 1,000 pages with additional color plates. With the purchase of the book comes access to an online version that is searchable and has the references, many of which are online as well.
Assessment: This book is utterly amazing. It weds gerontology and geriatric medicine unlike any other single textbook. It provides a uniform look at geriatrics that integrates the U.S., Canadian, and U.K. perspectives. It identifies the true nature of geriatrics as the combination of knowing the nature of aging, the normative nature of illness in older persons, and the complexity both of multimorbidity and the simultaneous assessment of the older patient in the medical, psychological, and social domains. This book shows the flowering of geriatric medicine into an elegant whole at the beginning of the 21st century. With the burgeoning growth of older persons throughout the world, the need for a book of this excellent caliber could not be greater. Every student of geriatrics and gerontology should delve deeply into this superlative work.