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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert M. McCarron, DO (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is simply a compact and practical resource used to care for geriatric patients who have psychiatric disorders.
Purpose: The primary purpose of this book is to provide an easy-to-read synopsis of geriatric psychiatry. The authors' objective is clearly met and the overall content is increasingly relevant and valuable as the number of people over the age of 65 in this country continues to rise.
Audience: Although the stated audience for this book is primarily students and psychiatrists, many other clinicians could benefit from its regular use. Specifically, primary care practitioners can use it as a reference and obtain information on forensic issues, dementia, delirium, and various mood disorders.
Features: The authors' frequent use of figures and tables commingled with a complete list of references and additional readings at the end of each chapter facilitate learning and encourages further exploration of the literature. Additionally, the coverage of delirium and dementia is particularly succinct and well written.
Assessment: This is a must-read reference for psychiatrists, primary care providers, consultation-liasion specialists, medicine residents, and nurses. It is an added bonus that this book not only effectively covers the basics of geriatric psychiatry but that it is small enough to be carried in the pocket.