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Book and Media Reviews
August 19, 2009

Health Management for Older Adults: Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach

JAMA. 2009;302(7):799-800. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1218

This book is based on the “Interdisciplinary Care of Aged Persons” course offered in the Division of Aging at Harvard Medical School. The course is offered to Harvard students in medicine, nursing, social work, occupational and physical therapy, law, divinity, public health, and business and community administration. Its syllabus has evolved over the last 20 years and is presented here in its most current incarnation.

The faculty is as diverse as the students they train. Physicians include David Satin, Sarita Bhalotra from Brandeis University, Lynda Buchwald from Mt. Auburn Hospital, and Martin Solomon from Brigham and Women's Primary Care. Other distinguished faculty include Mark Sciegaj and Theodore Chelmow (health policy), John Orwat (social work), and others from the fields of public health, long-term care administration, physical therapy, nutrition, nursing, and law, among others. I cannot think of any important arena of elder health care not brought under the course's umbrella.

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