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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored textbook on geriatric medicine covers clinical geriatrics in about 500 pages.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a reference for clinicians to have at their fingertips to aid in the care of older persons. This is a pretty good rendition of clinical geriatrics and an excellent group of authors pull it off with aplomb.
Audience: Primary care physicians treating older persons, medical students, residents and fellows, and midlevel practitioners will all find this book a welcome source of information.
Features: There are boxes with highlights, summaries, and evidence-based points that are worth noting. There are lots of appendixes with useful assessment instruments. The book makes use of algorithms, tables, and diagrams. Pertinent, annotated references easily available on the internet are cited — an especially useful broadening of the utility of the book. There is also a running citation of useful Web sites. In short, this compact book is chock full of useful tidbits.
Assessment: I especially like the pagination of this book. In some spots the writing is jejune; in others it hums. This book obviously fills a niche between short books on geriatrics and comprehensive tomes. Its beautiful printing complements the organization and care with which the book has been conceived.