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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: In this book the authors discuss primary care for older persons in the U.K.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the nature of illnesses in older persons and how to look at them on a population basis, with the aim of providing good care by general practitioners in the U.K.
Audience: General practitioners in the U.K., nurses, health visitors (e.g., visiting nurses), and social workers in the U.K. who care for older persons are the audience for whom this book is iintended.
Features: This book begins with an overview chapter, discusses a number of specific conditions in subsequent chapters, and ends with a methods chapter for making improvements and a final chapter looking toward the future.
Assessment: Perhaps it is my lack of familiarity with the organization of healthcare in the U.K., but I find this book a great muddle. The National Health Service has evolved since 1948, but I find Sheldon's classic, The Social Medicine of the Old Age (Ayer Company Publishers) gives a much better picture of older persons in the U.K. than this book does, some 50 years later.