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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book describes contemporary geriatrics and the future of healthcare for older persons, including prevention strategies.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe what is known about caring for older persons from an epidemiologic perspective as well as from an organizational perspective in providing healthcare, and strategies for preventing illness and maintaining function.
Audience: The audience includes geriatricians, geriatric nurses, healthcare administrators, legislators, and the public.
Features: The quality of the contributing authors and the organization of this book are its greatest strengths.
Assessment: The description of the challenges of contemporary geriatrics and the organization of healthcare for older persons is first rate. The subsequent discussion of preventive strategies has a somewhat simplistic view of the world that limits the effectiveness of the conclusions. Overall, this is a very worthwhile and stimulating work.