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Book Review

“The American Psychiatrc Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, 3rd ed.” and “Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry”

Anand Kumar, MD

Published: October 31, 2008

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The third edition of the Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry,edited by Drs. Blazer and Steffens and the late Dr. Busse, is awelcome addition to the educational and research tools alreadyavailable to those interested in the major psychiatric and psychologicaldisorders of the elderly.

The book has several strengths, but one in particular standsout: the attention to detail paid to all aspects of normal aging,including the biological, psychological, sociological, and generalmedical. It is not uncommon for medical texts to delve intoa detailed description of specific disease states after a perfunctoryintroduction that touches on historical aspects of a particulardiscipline.’ ‹

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Volume: 69

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