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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: "This is an interesting new book focusing on an all too frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated disorder, geriatric depression. Written and edited by an international array of clinicians in the field, this book is a welcome addition to the psychiatric literature. "
Purpose: The purpose as outlined by the editors is to "provide an entirely new approach to understanding late-life depression, by using a series of case studies with commentaries, from practitioners internationally." The editors and chapter authors have produced a very readable and interesting book on an important subject.
Audience: The intended audience includes primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and geriatric psychiatrists.
Features: In its seven chapters, the book covers epidemiology, presentation and diagnosis, and effective management strategies. The highlight is the collection of 10 cases studies of increasing complexity that are accompanied by discussion and commentary with a primary care physician and a healthcare or social work professional. There is additional commentary by international experts in the field. Each chapter concludes with pertinent and timely citations of the scientific literature.
Assessment: This excellent new book provides an international and multidisciplinary perspective in the management of geriatric depression from diagnosis to treatment options. I highly recommend it to any clinician involved in treating the elderly.