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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book is a collection of 15 articles reprinted from the British Medical Journal about the practical social and medical interventions needed for caring for frail older persons at home in England.
Purpose: Its purpose is to fill in the gaps left by textbooks on geriatric medicine by explaining how social medical interventions are made.
Audience: Its audience is primarily British physicians who are candidates for specialization in geriatric medicine.
Features: The topics range from elder abuse and loneliness to housing, transportation, and the coordination of community-based services for older persons in England. The book gives many useful references to social service organizations in England.
Assessment: This compact collection is noted for its practicality, its simplicity (in the sense that true simplicity is art), and the elegant style of British medical writing. That it describes services available specifically in England limits its usefulness to readers in the United States. However, its points about patient education, competency, medication compliance, and the domains of community-based services are universal and well worth reading.