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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD(University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a multiauthored book on aging and geriatrics. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize information about aging and longevity, discuss how organ systems change with age, and describe the common diseases of older persons.
Audience: The book is intended for an educated lay audience. Those with a background in biology can understand this book in full. The authors are recognized experts in the field.
Features: The wide range of topics provides an overarching view of the biological and medical aspects of aging, longevity, and diseases in older persons. The chapters are carefully edited. Beautiful diagrams and illustrations complement the text. The references are well chosen and annotated.
Assessment: The careful writing and supporting materials make this revised edition a welcome addition to the field, especially for students contemplating the nature of aging, its physiology, and common diseases in older persons.