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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a multiauthored book on physiologic changes of aging. The first edition was published 10 years ago in 1995.
Purpose: Its purpose is to discuss how people age physically and how this aging affects other domains in life — cognitive, psychological, social, and spiritual. These are indeed worthy objectives, which the book meets handsomely.
Audience: The audience includes upper level undergraduates and graduate students planning careers in working with older persons. Specifically, psychologists, social workers, students of nursing and medicine, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and kinesiologists will find this book of use as will researchers who want a handbook of how the human body ages. It is written by authorities on the subject.
Features: This book covers all the salient points of how the human body ages. The illustrations, tables, charts, and graphics are exceptionally beautiful and well organized. The very thoughtful references that accompany the text and a helpful glossary combine to make this one of the most well-paginated works on gerontology extant. Its large-size format adds to its grace.
Assessment: The authors' update of the wealth of information in the last decade on research in the physiology of aging and streamlining of the format have coalesced to form an exceptionally fine product. That so many different trainees will extract much useful knowledge from this book is a testament to its fine construction. The end of each chapter has a summary and questions for thought that also make this book an admirable textbook. Every medical library should have a copy.