The wealth of knowledge contained in the classic text, Geriatric Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach, 4/e, by Cassel et al. has been streamlined into this handy guide that enables primary care, family medicine, and internal medicine residents to quickly integrate the material into clinical practice. Written by top experts in the field, this book is an excellent overview of geriatric care. It addresses geriatric pharmacology, Medicare and Medicaid, and other subjects unique to older adults. The text has a case-based instructional approach that helps readers navigate the complexity of disease prevention, presentation, and treatment for conditions such as depression, dementia, and hypertension. Graphs and tables also aid the reader in determining the proper courses of treatment. The broad range of knowledge and skill presented in this practical guide make it an essential resource for all those caring for the elderly.
Reviewer:David O. Staats, MD(University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description:This multiauthored introductory book of geriatric medicine is a distillation of the larger text, Cassel et al., Geriatric Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach, 4th edition (Springer, 2003).
Purpose:Its purpose is to guide students of geriatrics towards a better understanding of the field. These are worthy objectives and the result is a worthy distillation.
Audience:The authors' intended audience may be medical students, senior medical students in particular. Medical residents who have not experienced geriatric medicine could read this book in its entirety during a one month rotation on geriatric medicine with great benefit. The authors here are all from Mt. Sinai in New York City and represent geriatric medicine in America in its more advanced state.
Features:I like the subjects used for the chapters, all 32 of them. That there are separate chapters on osteoporosis, falls, dizziness and hip fractures, each written without overlap of the others shows the breadth of knowledge required to take good care of older persons. The descriptions of Medicare and Medicaid and sites of care, in the chapters by those names, by themselves would cover enough points of the beloved six core competencies to satisfy the most demanding scrutiny.
Assessment:This book accurately reflects the views of its parent book and distills it down into a manageable whole. That is a worthy feat. This book is a great teaching tool and a worthy contribution. I hope you will forgive me if I say that this book should not be compared with its parent, but rather with the product of another New Yorker, namely Iggy Nascher, who got the ball rolling when he both coined the term "geriatrics" and wrote the first textbook of geriatrics in the early 20th century. This book, written in the early 21st century parallels the content of Nascher's book and provides treatments for many things for which Nascher could only give descriptions. That is the progress of medicine in the last century. That the content of some of the chapters of this book and that of Nascher's are similar shows where we need to go in the future.