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Case Studies in Geriatric Medicine

Case Studies in Geriatric Medicine Book review Reviewed by: Dr Simon Hill Consultant Geriatrician, North West Wales Trust, Eyryri Hospital, Caernarfon, Gwynedd and Fiona Hill Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Wales, Bangor Ahronheim JC, Huang Z-B, Yen V, Davitt C and Barile D (2005) Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978 052153 175 7 This book presents a case-based approach to This effectively counters the growing geriatric medicine and is clearly written and necessity in the UK for primary care teams easy to follow throughout. It is evidence based and intermediate care teams to have to and comprehensively referenced. manage complex illness and disability in The case histories cover an interesting older people without clarity of diagnosis due spectrum of conditions and approach them to lack of consultant geriatrician input to in a non disease-specific way by presentation, these cases. however atypical, rather than pathological Perhaps the main criticism of this book type. The case studies are written from the is that it is, on the whole, biomedical in its doctor’s perspective and the use of questions to emphasis, which is acceptable if it is aimed at challenge established thinking, as well as doctors only and it would indeed be especially promote discussion and reflection is welcome. suitable for those studying for a diploma in Discussion of each case also focuses on geriatric medicine. However, despite the consideration of possibilities rather than claims made by the authors that the book provision of diagnostic or therapeutic would be suitable for ‘all health professionals certainties. This makes it a potentially very and trainees who provide care for the elderly’, useful resource for group teaching of medical it is not so relevant to nurses and even less students or GPs. The North American relevant still to therapists. It is felt that representation of medication, laboratory results opportunities have been missed to genuinely and financial and legal frameworks however, approach cases in a multidisciplinary way, does make this less useful to UK readers. especially when they have been written in such The emphasis on accurate diagnosis as a a way as to encourage consideration of basis for management is to be commended. complex needs. 52 Quality in Ageing – Policy, practice and research Volume 8 Issue 2 June 2007 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd 2007 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality in Ageing and Older Adults Emerald Publishing

Case Studies in Geriatric Medicine

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults , Volume 8 (2): 1 – Jun 1, 2007

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Emerald Publishing
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1471-7794
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Book review Reviewed by: Dr Simon Hill Consultant Geriatrician, North West Wales Trust, Eyryri Hospital, Caernarfon, Gwynedd and Fiona Hill Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Wales, Bangor Ahronheim JC, Huang Z-B, Yen V, Davitt C and Barile D (2005) Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978 052153 175 7 This book presents a case-based approach to This effectively counters the growing geriatric medicine and is clearly written and necessity in the UK for primary care teams easy to follow throughout. It is evidence based and intermediate care teams to have to and comprehensively referenced. manage complex illness and disability in The case histories cover an interesting older people without clarity of diagnosis due spectrum of conditions and approach them to lack of consultant geriatrician input to in a non disease-specific way by presentation, these cases. however atypical, rather than pathological Perhaps the main criticism of this book type. The case studies are written from the is that it is, on the whole, biomedical in its doctor’s perspective and the use of questions to emphasis, which is acceptable if it is aimed at challenge established thinking, as well as doctors only and it would indeed be especially promote discussion and reflection is welcome. suitable for those studying for a diploma in Discussion of each case also focuses on geriatric medicine. However, despite the consideration of possibilities rather than claims made by the authors that the book provision of diagnostic or therapeutic would be suitable for ‘all health professionals certainties. This makes it a potentially very and trainees who provide care for the elderly’, useful resource for group teaching of medical it is not so relevant to nurses and even less students or GPs. The North American relevant still to therapists. It is felt that representation of medication, laboratory results opportunities have been missed to genuinely and financial and legal frameworks however, approach cases in a multidisciplinary way, does make this less useful to UK readers. especially when they have been written in such The emphasis on accurate diagnosis as a a way as to encourage consideration of basis for management is to be commended. complex needs. 52 Quality in Ageing – Policy, practice and research Volume 8 Issue 2 June 2007 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd 2007

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Published: Jun 1, 2007

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