Primary Care Geriatrics by Ham, Holtzman, Boston: John Wright, PSG Inc., 1983. 326 pages.
This book is designed to fill a void existing in most American medical programs today; that is, the underemphasis on clinical geriatric medicine. Although this book was originally designed for medical students, the authors suggest that it is a valuable tool for other health professionals as well, including nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. It may also prove useful to faculty in various educational programs who are developing geriatric programs.
This book presents 15 problem-oriented modules that contain real clinical cases covering aspects of the care of the elderly generally ignored or discussed on a limited basis. The material in each chapter is clearly presented, with a focus on practical clinical diagnosis and problem-resolution. Faculty and students can easily identify those chapters most applicable to their class focus through the introduction to each module. Because the format of the module includes clearly defined objectives, as well as a pre-test and post-test, with answers , the text is useful for self study, or with follow-up discussion to emphasize key points. In each chapter, the reader is guided through the patient problem, diagnosis, treatment and resolution. Study questions are also offered, testing knowledge presented throughout the previous section. Each module concludes with a list of suggested reading and audio-visual materials, certainly of value to faculty members and students alike. Nurses and nursing faculty should recognize the medical focus of this test, and plan additional reading and discussion examining the nursing implications of the clinical cases presented.