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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multi-authored textbook of geriatric medicine, written mostly by collaboration among UK and US geriatrician, with international collaborators. It is the 4th edition of this work, updating the 3rd edition, published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive textbook of clinical medicine. The authors accomplish this goal admirable, moving towards a synthesis of UK and US geriatrics.
Audience: Geriatricians, primary care physicians, other health care professionals caring for older persons and trainees of all stripes in these disciplines will welcome this book. The editors are leading experts of geriatrics.
Features: This is finally a geriatrics textbook that does not ape internal medicine texts. Rather, it groups like with like to achieve a superior pagination. For example, nutrition ties in oral and dental medicine in respective chapters. Each chapter has useful tables, including easily remembered mnemonics and a summary box. Even better there are three sets of references at the end: key references, the references cited in the text of the chapter, and a reference or two for further reading, for those who wish to dig deeper. This facilitates using the book as a reference.
Assessment: This is a hefty book in two volumes; it is one of the more expensive textbooks as well. The chapters are short and to the point. The writing is clear and pretty even from chapter to chapter. The excellent pagination and thoughtful inclusion of geriatrics topics (don't miss the chapter on the smart home) recommend this textbook highly as a reference.