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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored, comprehensive textbook of geriatric medicine updates the 5th edition of 1999.
Purpose: It is intended as a practical and useful guide to the clinical management of the geriatric patient with simple to complex conditions. The book achieves these objectives successfully.
Audience: The audience ranges from medical students to practicing physicians and also includes allied health professionals seeking practical and relevant information in a comprehensive format. The authors are all experts in the areas in which they write.
Features: Of the 60 chapters, several stand out. The thorough and elegant chapter on exercise as a medicine for older persons by M. Fiatarone Singh is noteworthy. The chapters on aging in persons with developmental disabilities, HIV, gynecology, podiatry, and driving are not always found in other textbooks of geriatric medicine. Financing healthcare and preventing errors also stand out conceptually. The series of beautiful colored plates also stands out.
Assessment: I really like this book. The humanism that infused Dr. Reichel's original work shines through in this edition as well. Each author cares deeply about caring for older persons and clearly states how our current knowledge of gerontology and geriatrics ought to be applied day in and day out. The editors have done a marvelous job of editing so that there is an even style and tone throughout, which makes this book a pleasure to read. Many healthcare professionals should savor this most useful contribution to the literature of geriatric medicine.