Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a popular pocket-sized compendium of information about clinical geriatrics published by the American Geriatrics Society. It supercedes the fifth edition of 2003.
Purpose: Its purpose is to provide practitioners caring for older persons an up-to-date, convenient, pocket-sized reference of practical information, guidelines, assessment instruments, contact information, and much more. These are indeed worthy goals and each edition of this book has fulfilled these objectives.
Audience: Every prescriber and practitioner caring for older persons will find this book a boon companion. The authors are all leading experts in the field of geriatrics.
Features: The marvel of this book is how much information it contains. Paginated alphabetically with superb index and a ready reference index on the back cover, it is a snap to find any bit of information you need. The thoroughness of the information and the depth of thinking that has gone into the preparation of this book stands as a tribute to the American Geriatrics Society and the authors.
Assessment: New for this edition are information on herbals, skin ulcers, syncope, carpal tunnel syndrome, and hospital discharge planning. A number of other sections have been updated. In this rapidly growing field, updates demand new editions on a regular basis. This is an absolutely essential reverence, one whose use improves with each edition. It is state-of-the-art information, expressed with precision and thought.