Geriatrie Medicine Annual 1986. Ham RJ (ed). New Jersey, Medicai Economics Books, 1986, 276 pages, hardcover, $32.95.
This is the first of a series of yearly volumes being developed by the editor with regard to the recent advances and changes in the field of geriatric medicine. It is written mainly for the practicing physician, but there are many interesting topics, written by some of the book's well-known contributors, that will also be of interest to medical students and practicing professional nurses.
There are 18 contributors from various regions of the United States, England, and Canada. Some of the topics include "Incontinence" by the renowned JC Brocklehurst, "Adverse Drug Reactions and the Elderly" by P Lamy, "Falls and Falling" by Robinson and Conard, and "Understanding Elder Abuse: An Overview" by Kosberg. These topics are timely, well written, and provide plenty of references for those professionals in research or education.
Some authors chose to include charts, algorithms, and tables to accompany their contributions; thus adding to the quality of their work. Photos were not used, which might have defeated the authors desire for conciseness, but I think they would have been a welcome addition, assisting with the reader's understanding of the topics discussed.
The editor is "on track" with his concept of a yearly series of books because of the ever-increasing frequency of change that is taking place in the field of geriatrics. A text written on this subject is quickly outdated; almost as soon as it is printed some material is obsolete. These smaller, yearly publications, written by practicing contributors in the field, are just what is needed to keep many busy professionals updated.
A final thought: in the editor's introduction to the book, he states that he is already selecting the topics and authors for the next annual. He also comments that he would like feedback and input for future authors and topics. May I suggest a topic pertaining to innovative ideas and methods of caring for the geriatric client? And who would be the author(s) of such a topic - why, a registered professional nurse, of course!