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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book is a multiauthored look at osteoarthritis, emphasizing issues with implications for public health.
Purpose: Its purpose is to show the relationship between aging and disease; to examine osteoarthritis as the prototype of a chronic disabling condition, but not one leading to mortality; to discuss the management of osteoarthritis through exercise; and to cover prevention of the development of osteoarthritis and future treatments.
Audience: The audience consists primarily of public health personnel, geriatricians, rheumatologists, evolutionary biologists, pharmacists, and therapists.
Features: This handsomely printed book features some rather interesting MRIs of joints.
Assessment: This is a valuable contribution on osteoarthritis and chronic illness in older persons which public health workers will also find of interest. The thoroughness, the thoughtful pagination and integration of topics, and the elegant style of all the contributors all recommend this book, which evokes Homburger's classic work, Medical Care and Rehabilitation of the Aged and Chronically Ill (Little Brown, 1974).