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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored, case-based textbook of geriatric medicine. This edition replaces the 3rd edition of 1997. Its case-based approach sets it apart.
Purpose: Its purpose is to provide a succinct, thorough exposition of geriatric medicine using a case-based approach. These are worthy objectives. The chapters are written by experts in the field.
Audience: Students and postgraduate physicians will find this a rewarding book to study. Its case-based approach is the format especially favored by family practitioners. I think of this as the best book to use for training family practitioners in geriatric medicine. Gynecologists and emergency medicine trainees would also find this an appealing style.
Features: The best aspect of this book is its case-based approach. There are learning objectives along with a pre-test and post-test. The refernce list is short and well-annotated. An outstanding feature of this book is its photographs, illustrations, and reproduction of assessment tools — everything is in one place.
Assessment: This edition brings up-to-date the information accumulating in the interval between editions. The format of this book is clearly its strongest attraction. The condensation of material means that it can be read by trainees during a rotation, or at least a fair chunk of it. At the same time, it may pique the interest of some trainees to read the unexpurgated version of some of these chapters elsewhere.