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From The CriticsReviewer: Priya V. Mhatre, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This thorough overview of rehabilitation medicine for an aging population of patients is presented in a succinct and easy-to-use format.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to provide practitioners with information about the normal aging process, common age-related disorders affecting various organ systems, and specific rehabilitation issues related to the elderly.
Audience: "The intended audience is clinicians in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, particularly those treating an aging population. However, it also would be appropriate for other clinicians who treat a geriatric population, such as family practitioners or internists. The reference format would be useful at various stages of training, from students to attending physicians. "
Features: The book is divided into three major sections. The first reviews expected age-related changes in various organ systems and includes specific organ system examinations and special evaluations, such as tests for balance and depression. The second section reviews organ system diseases/disorders and their particular manifestations in the elderly. Finally, the third section reviews special topics related to rehabilitation, including exercise, pain management, and therapy prescriptions. Each chapter is arranged in an outline format, covering topics ranging from background information to diagnosis and treatment, and includes references for further reading.
Assessment: Individuals in various stages of training can use this book for quick reference when treating a geriatric patient. Although this book would not serve as a primary source of knowledge or study, it would be an excellent alternative to researching individual topics in a clinical setting where time is limited. The inclusion of references is also very helpful, and can guide busy practitioners in further self-directed learning.