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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book, written by a single author, delineates a new field in gerontology and geriatrics. It is a marriage of clinical geriatrics and epidemiology that looks at how we age, how we become disabled, demented, etc., and where we should focus efforts to maximize the quality of life in older persons.
Purpose: The purpose is to show how we should look at both populations of older persons and individuals as they age. These are most worthy objectives and the author accomplishes them brilliantly.
Audience: The audience is gerontologists, geriatricians, biologists studying aging and social planners — and trainees in these areas. It is indeed a broad audience.
Features: This book breaks new ground in showing a synthesis between our notions of aging, function, frailty, dementing illnesses, and care of older persons. It explains some of how what happens in the first 50 years of life affects the second 50. This book is both fresh thinking and a brilliant synthesis of known facts.
Assessment: This is one of the most cutting-edge books in gerontology today. Anyone interested in reforming Medicare should read this book in preparation for doing so. It is elegantly written, develops its thoughts in a logical and complete sequence and points towards the future like a beacon. Those interested in developing new paradigms of thinking about aging and caring for older persons will find much of use here. Every medical library should possess this brilliant and enticing book.