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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This thoroughly revised and comprehensive third edition covers the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry. As in the previous editions, it incorporates the contributions of internationally recognized experts in this field.
Purpose: Noting that "there has been substantial progress in the science and practice of geriatric psychiatry" since the second edition, the editors say that this edition is an attempt "to capture these advances and provide an up-to-date summary for trainees and practitioners." As in the second edition, the editors and chapter authors provide an authoritative book that draws on the knowledge of experts and reflects both new scientific advances and innovations in service development.
Audience: It is intended for psychiatrists, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, and investigators who do research on aging and mental illness. As I noted in my review of the previous edition, due to its high price (almost $250), its use will be limited to serving as a reference in medical school and psychiatry department libraries. Although there is a separate eBook version available for purchase, it appears that there is no digital component for purchasers of the print version.
Features: The book remains encyclopedic, with 140 chapters divided into 11 sections. Topics include historical background, normal aging, diagnosis and assessment, degenerative and related disorders, affective disorders, schizophrenic disorders and paranoid states, neuroses, personality disorders, psychoactive substance abuse, learning and behavioral disorders, mental illness in different cultures, and the practice of psychogeriatric medicine. The book is filled with numerous charts and figures, and the references are voluminous and up to date. The index is quite helpful.
This third edition remains an excellent, comprehensive, and up-to-date book written by a group of outstanding contributors. However, because of the high price and the apparent lack of an accompanying online version, it will have limited in audience, but will be useful as a reference.
(Note: One of the editors of this edition is the head of the department of which I am a faculty member, although I do not feel (although I may be unaware) that this relationship influenced my review. I reviewed the previous edition, which had different editors.)