Description: At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, it remains unfortunate for the field of psychiatry that treatments haven't changed much since 2007. Yes, there may be a few new "me-too" drugs on the market, but really no better treatments have emerged for the past several decades. Certainly, there have been advances in the understanding of the dementias in particular, frontotemporal dementia but there have been no new treatments. Neither have the principles and practice of geriatric psychopharmacology changed. Although this manual is expertly written and updated, it is unclear to me that the field needs a rehash of the same old stuff.
Purpose: The purpose is ostensibly to provide an update of the field, but since the field of geriatric psychopharmacology has not really had any great leaps forward, certainly since the first edition in 2007, the publisher may have had other motives.
Audience: The target audience is geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, and primary care physicians who care for elderly patients.
Features: The book covers the principles and practice of geriatric psychopharmacology, antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics, treatment of substance-related disorders, movement disorders, and neurocognitive disorders, and medications to treat pain. Each chapter ends with a useful summary of the pertinent points. The reference section contains timely citations of the relevant scientific literature.
Assessment: Although this is a well-written second edition that candidates for board certification might find useful for studying for the examination, it is not clear to me that a second edition was really necessary.