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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the second volume of a multiauthored book on themes of social gerontology in three countries — the U.S., Israel, and Australia.
Purpose: The purpose is to review current themes of social gerontology to demonstrate the global nature of aging.
Audience: The audience is mostly social gerontologists and policy makers. The authors are all experts in the field.
Features: The first of the book's three sections discusses the art of caring, with thoughtful essays on the balance between the family's role and society's role in caring for older persons, and the choices created by consumer-driven demand for services. The second section is on the art of family care with essays on cancer care, late-stage dementia care, and care of special populations. The third section on end-of-life care includes essays on cultural issues around end-of-life care, advance directives, and palliative care.
Assessment: This book continues the work of the first volume. The essays are well matched and evenly written by experts in the field. That there are common threads of needing to deal with minority populations in the nation and cultural issues with family caregiving and that these impact the approach to end-of-life care gives substance and truth to this book. It is well edited and a pleasure to read.