Your Parent's Keeper: A Handbook of Psychiatric Care for the Elderly. Lieff, Jonathan D. (ed). Cambridge, Massachusetts, BaIlinger Publishing Co, 1984, 290 pages, hardcover.
This book is an excellent work reflecting Dr Jonathan Lieff's multifaceted expertise as a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist. It provides a brief background in psychiatric theory discussing the most common psychiatric illnesses seen in the elderly based on the DSM III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association - Third Edition) criteria for diagnosis. Valuable information on psychopharmacology is discussed in relationship to each disease entity.
This book skillfully addresses the growing concern for quality of care in dealing with the unique needs and problems of the geriatric population. Case histories from Dr LiefPs personal experiences illustrate his belief in the need for comprehensive psychiatric care for the elderly.
Dr Lieff has successfully implemented a problem-oriented, team approach in both hospital and nursing home settings.
While Your Parent's Keeper is written primarily for physicians and based on a medical model, it would be an asset to multidisciplinary geriatric practitioners.